Frequently Asked Questions About Human Trafficking
How are the women forced into prostitution?
Each victim has a different story. Many poor families sell their daughters for extra money, believing that the girls will be given a job and a better life in the city, and that the money paid for them is a “sign-on bonus” of sorts. Some girls are lured or kidnapped right off the street or in a public place, such as a shopping mall or street market. Other victims go with a trafficker to escape poverty. As soon as the girls reach the city, they are taken to the brothel, beaten into submission, and forced to work.
Do you buy girls out of the brothel?
No. Although paying for the “debts” owed to brothel owners is often the quickest way to get girls out of the brothel, paying for one girl’s release provides the money to purchase other girls. Our partners negotiate each victim’s release in partnership with the local government and other local organizations.
What happens to the women and girls after they are rescued?
After a victim is rescued, she is taken to an aftercare home. In the aftercare homes, victims receive counseling, education, general medical care, basic literacy training, and vocational training leading to financial independence. Hospice care is also provided for women with HIV/AIDS.
How long do the women and girls stay at the aftercare homes and where do they go from there?
Each rescued woman is welcome to stay until she feels she is ready to move out and live on her own. Some victims need more time than others to heal. Our main concern is that every woman and child in our care is fully provided for and never has to return to the dark world of prostitution. Once women leave the program, they go on to live fulfilled lives, usually working in a vocation they learned at the aftercare home. We are proud to report that many of the women we have supported have become successful entrepreneurs.
Do you have programs in the United States?
Yes. We currently have partner programs in seven countries: India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Moldova, Tajikistan, Spain and the United States. We hope to continue expanding, both internationally and domestically, to meet the needs of both victims and survivors.
Where can I learn more about sexual slavery and human trafficking?
Read our Human Trafficking Overview and visit our Get Involved page for additional resources and information.
What can I do?
You can make a difference for victims of sexual slavery by volunteering your time, coordinating a fundraiser, donating money, learning more about human trafficking, and spreading the word. Visit our Get Involved page to find practical ideas on how you can get involved.
Is it possible to sponsor a specific woman or child?
Due to the sensitive nature of our services and out of deep respect for the victims, we do not provide sponsorship opportunities for specific women or girls. Releasing photos or allowing correspondence can be dangerous for those we serve because traffickers may still be looking for the woman or child.
I’d like to host a fundraiser for Rescue: Freedom. Is this an option?
Yes! If you would like to host a fundraiser, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit our Take Action page for ideas.
Where are you based out of?
Our international headquarters is in Seattle, Washington.