Survivors are the real experts on human trafficking. The most powerful truths about the issue come from their personal experiences. Each person is different, and each story is important. Those of us who have no firsthand knowledge of trafficking often have the same questions for survivors: How did it happen? How did you escape? Could you run away? How can I help? Shamere … Read More
Life for the Innocent is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, a remarkably idyllic town. It’s difficult to imagine human trafficking exists here in “The Choice City”, home to numerous festivals, quaint shops, and a family-friendly atmosphere. Yet beneath this charming facade, brokenness resides. Recently, an LFTI staff member, Hannah*, unexpectedly came face-to-face with someone perpetuating the very injustice she fights … Read More
The American foster care system was recently named a “pipeline” for child trafficking. Orphan care and trafficking can seem like two separate, equally heartbreaking issues, but they are inextricably woven together. A local expert recently told us, “You can’t ask for a better human trafficking victim than a runaway or one from foster care.” This sentence hits hard because it … Read More
Without a doubt, trafficking is a problem both internationally and here in the U.S. While knowing the numbers on a global scale in important, we must also identify the “smaller” factors that contribute to this vast issue. The fact is that trafficking (and vulnerabilities directly leading to it) often start within the four walls of a home. Instead of … Read More
In most American cities, the demand to purchase sex is strong. That may seem shocking to some. We immediately think, surely I don’t know anybody who would do that!
It’s hard to stomach, but the primary factor in a person’s vulnerability being trafficked is their age. Worldwide and in the U.S., the average age minors are first exploited for sex is 12-14. How does this happen?