Sanctuary for sex-trafficking victims opens in Suffolk

Originally posted on WAVY-TV:

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SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A sanctuary for women sold across the country — including here in Hampton Roads — is opening in Suffolk. It’s a safe place for victims of human sex trafficking.

Dana Steele and her husband are opening the Homestead Ranch to provide a place for victims to heal from psychological scars.

“There’s a lot of human trafficking, sex trafficking that goes on in the smaller areas of Hampton Roads, as well as all over the east coast,” Steele said. “Our home is set up to help the girls here and help the girls that need it wherever they come from.”

“It ruins so many lives,” said Ariel Maye, who spend six years as a victim of human trafficking. When she was 18, she met a man from New York online. She went up for a job and was quickly pulled in.

“They prey on girls…

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Our MIssion part 3

Originally posted on Armor Of God Foundation:

Our work includes:

RESCUE THE SEXUALLY EXPLOITED AND ENSLAVED

Armor of God rescues children and adults from red light districts, brothels and sexually abusive situations. Armor of God also rescues children and adults from now trafficking hot spots across the world.

Armor of God Rescue is committed to rescuing children from the sex trade and giving them the opportunity to fulfil their destinies. Our Rescue Agents risk their lives searching for under aged children in brothels, red light districts and sexually abusive situations.

Our Rescue Agents are committed to helping children escape, but many children feel trapped even if they are not physically locked up.

Traffickers plant fear into the hearts and minds of the children. They are too terrified to escape, even if the opportunity presented itself.

Poverty and lack of education entice parents to sell their children. Many children feel immense pressure from their families to continue earning…

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Our mission Part 2

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WHAT IS A PREVENTION CHILD?

A Prevention Child is an at-risk child that Armor of God Rescue helps support financially so that they’re protected from being lured or forced into the sex-trade. Your monthly support will help provide a Prevention Child with a good education, healthcare, regular food assistance, hygiene awareness, financial management training and, in some cases, a place to live.

WHAT IS A RESCUE CHILD?

A Rescue Child is a child that has literally been rescued from a brothel, red light district or sexually exploitive situation, either by Armor of God Rescue or another organization that works closely with us, and has been brought into our aftercare program. Your monthly financial support will help provide a Rescue Child a safe, loving place to live, a good education, medical treatment, counseling, healthy meals, vocational training, clothing, all other daily needs, and a chance to experience the unconditional love of…

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Our mission statement Part 1

Originally posted on Armor Of God Foundation:

VISION

To be the unique leading Organization within South Africa visibly enabling people and communities to improve their quality of life and to combat human trafficking in South Africa.

MISSION

Developing an integrated holistic network with all stakeholders to render a multi caring anti-human trafficking service for victims. Armor of God Foundation exists to Rescue, Restore, Protect, Empower and be a Voice for the Voiceless.

OBJECTIVES

  • To protect and promote the interests, well-being, safety and development of children within the context of family and community and to safeguard the rights of children;
  • In order to achieve such objectives the Society shall, inter alias be voluntary by nature and its characteristic shall be reflected in its management;
  • Remain non-governmental and independent confirm its belief in the dignity, diversity, equality and worth of all people;
  • Shall remain a Christian based organization;
  • Provide appropriate and relevant programs in the form and language, which…

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Our children deserve the new travel regulations

Originally posted on Foxton's Flipside:

I have been reluctant to weigh in on the issue of the new immigration regulations pertaining to children but I can contain myself no longer.

Let me begin by recapping the intention behind the new regulations; to prevent child trafficking. Let me also – just for the sake of clarity – define what “child trafficking” is. Child trafficking is defined as: “the illegal movement of children, typically for the purposes of forced labour or sexual exploitation.”

Now it is important that we humanise this issue because the arguments against the new immigration regulations have been worryingly callous; “How many children are really trafficked into or out of South Africa each year?” “Most kids enter or exit illegally through our very porous borders as opposed to through legitimate channels where their travel documents will be checked.” I even heard one travel industry commentator quipping; “Is this not using a steam-roller to…

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Our MIssion part 3

Originally posted on Armor Of God Foundation:

Our work includes:

RESCUE THE SEXUALLY EXPLOITED AND ENSLAVED

Armor of God rescues children and adults from red light districts, brothels and sexually abusive situations. Armor of God also rescues children and adults from now trafficking hot spots across the world.

Armor of God Rescue is committed to rescuing children from the sex trade and giving them the opportunity to fulfil their destinies. Our Rescue Agents risk their lives searching for under aged children in brothels, red light districts and sexually abusive situations.

Our Rescue Agents are committed to helping children escape, but many children feel trapped even if they are not physically locked up.

Traffickers plant fear into the hearts and minds of the children. They are too terrified to escape, even if the opportunity presented itself.

Poverty and lack of education entice parents to sell their children. Many children feel immense pressure from their families to continue earning…

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Our mission part4

Originally posted on Armor Of God Foundation:

PROTECT THE VULNERABLE

Armor of God offers programs that help at-risk children and families reduce their children’s chances of being sold, lured or trafficked into the sex-trade.

Many children are forced into sexual slavery simply because they are poor and have little or no education. Armor of God is addressing these root problems head on.

A large percentage of children forced into human trafficking come from poverty-stricken communities where educational opportunities are scarce or where illegal drugs are rampant. In most cases, at-risk families can’t afford to send their children to school. As a result, their children enter the work force with little or no qualifications for a decent paying job. This makes them extremely vulnerable to sex traffickers that lure, bribe and falsely promise good jobs to them. Instead, these evil criminals enslave children into forced prostitution.

Unfortunately, there are even cases where children’s parents are desperate enough financially…

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