Q: How are women forced into prostitution?
A: Each victim has a different story. Traffickers are experts at exploiting weakness and vulnerability, both of which are found in poverty, desperation, and chaos. Victims are often deceived or coerced into prostitution under the impression that they will have a respectable job and a decent wage in a new, exciting city. Whether women leave for a “new job” on their own volition, are unknowingly sold by their family as a means of providing another source of income, or are lured or kidnapped in a public place, women and/or children that end up in prostitution have been exploited. As soon as the girls make the journey to a new city or nation, they experience violence and intimidation by exploiters who beat them into submission and force them into sexual slavery. Often they are never seen or heard from again by their families.
Q: Do you buy girls out of sexual slavery?
A: Although paying for the “debts” owed to traffickers is the quickest way to get women and girls out of slavery, paying for one girl’s release puts money in the hands of exploiters to purchase other girls for slavery. This is a cycle and system of injustice we are fighting to end, rather than fueling it with more money. Each victim’s release is negotiated whenever possible in partnership with the local government and other local organizations.