The Exploited

 

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed." Proverbs 31:8

 

Did you know?

-U.S. human trafficking victims are estimated in the hundreds of thousands

-There are over 40 million human trafficking victims globally

-99% of cases go undetected

 

U.S. Law defines Human Trafficking as the use of force, fraud, or coercion to compel a person into commercial sex acts or labor or services against his or her will. The one exception involves minors and commercial sex. Inducing a minor into commercial sex is considered Human Trafficking regardless of the presence of force, fraud, or coercion.

 

How can you make a difference?

Project Rescue

We are passionate about seeing victims of human trafficking set free. Throughout the year, we hold several events designed to raise funds and awareness in our community to free captives locally, nationally and globally including our annual Red Bucket Day.

 

Red Bucket Day is a community-wide, drive-by donation event. We partner with local businesses and strategically station volunteers at various locations throughout the city to receive donations. We have seen great success with the Red Buck Days and are encouraged by the amount of support from our community.


Next Red Bucket Day is coming Spring of 2023! 

 

Stop Human Trafficking

Awareness Campaign

Each year, we launch an awareness campaign in the month leading up to our Red Bucket Day by wrapping GET buses and hosting a press conference to help residents of our community understand what to do when they suspect human trafficking.

 

Cupcakes & Friendship

Cupcakes and Friendship is a ministry led by a group of local women who are passionate to see the lives of women transformed and restored through the healing power of Jesus Christ. They reach out to women working in the sex industry with the message that they are loved and have great value. They encourage women through prayer and Scripture while helping them know that they are unconditionally loved, valued, and have a God-given purpose.

 

Their mission is three-fold: First to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Second to love and encourage women in the sex industry by helping them realize they are valued beyond measure and have a God-given purpose in their life. Third is to mentor and make appropriate referral sources for women to leave the sex industry and start a new life.

Stop Human Trafficking 101

We host training events throughout the year to help men and women learn how to identify signs of trafficking and how to report it. We encourage parents and teens to educate themselves about how easy it is for their children to become victims and learn what to look for and what to do if they see suspicious behavior. Human Trafficking 101 is an event we host annually in partnership with Kern Coalition of Human Trafficking to educate people and connect them with agencies locally who are on the front lines in the fight against human trafficking.

 

Vanguard University Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate

Vanguard University at Canyon Hills offers an anti-human trafficking certification program. This course, taught by experts in the field of anti-human trafficking, will equip you to combat all aspects of this modern-day slavery and exploitation. 

Leslie Painter

CityServe Director: The Exploited Initiative

Resources

 

Stop Human Trafficking 101

A live training event designed to help attendees recognize the signs of human trafficking and empower them with tools and resources to respond.