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Modern-day slavery is the fastest-growing organized crime in the world, and we want to do our part to help liberate those impacted. Using the skills God has given us, we work to offer construction expertise, leadership, and labor to ministries who are rescuing and restoring victims of human trafficking.
This year, we are working closely with Safe Harbor Ohio, a refuge for girls ages 14-18 who are rescued from trafficking. This safe home will be the largest in the Northeast, serving girls from across the region.
Over the next six months, we are leading Phase 1 of construction, which includes 3 cottages, a chapel, an administrative building, and a school. This phase will cost over $3.5 million to complete, but with the help of partners across the country, we are hoping that the price of freedom will be substantially less.
“For every girl who comes to Safe Harbor, I believe God will restore not only her, but generations of her, the kids we will never meet. Your financial gift is a part of changing her story. You are a vital part of the great exchange of beauty for ashes.”
– Melissa Brown, Safe Harbor CEO
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Become a Safe House Partner
If your ministry provides restoration for survivors of human trafficking, we invite you to submit an application to partner with us.
Partners must fulfill the following criteria:
Download Application (Word)
Download Application (PDF)
Partnering with Ink180
We are excited to partner with Chris Baker at Ink180, a ministry who provides free tattoo coverups and tattoo removals to Trafficking Survivors, Domestic Violence Survivors, Self Harm (Cutting) Survivors, Former Gang Members and people joining the military. Chris and his wife, Lisa, shares their talents, along with a network of other artists, to help survivors on their journey to recovery by changing symbols of captivity into pieces of freedom.
Human traffickers are turning a profit of over $150 billion USD a year.
- A21 Global Broadcast
In 2019, as in past years, just over half of victims in criminal human trafficking cases in the United States were children.
- 2019 Federal Human Trafficking Report
While the most frequently reported age of entry into the life was 15, one in six participants reported being trafficked before the age of 12 with the youngest victims less than 1 year old.
- Thorn, Survivor Insights
Human trafficking cases have been reported in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and every U.S. territory. Traffickers compel victims to engage in commercial sex and to work in both legal and illicit industries, such as hospitality, construction, restaurants, factories, salon services, massage parlors, peddling and begging, drug smuggling and distribution, and religious institutions.
- TIP Report, 2021
During the Covid-19 pandemic, online recruitment increased by 22% with Facebook seeing a 125% increase in recruitment and Instagram seeing a 95% increase over 2019.
- POLARIS, Trends in 2020
The proportion of victims recruited by family members increased from 21% in 2019 to 31% in 2020 – a 47% increase. In 2020, 42% of all victims reported being brough into trafficking by their own families.
54% of minors believe online grooming is a common experience for kids their age. 1 in 7 minors are asked for nudes by a stranger online daily or weekly.
- Thorn, Online Grooming
The most important way to counteract human trafficking is to raise awareness for those being targeted and to know how traffickers engage with those at risk. One popular method of recruitment is through the internet.
If you have children in your home or know other vulnerable populations, please download the list of apps below. Many of these apps have been identified by law enforcement for their use in human trafficking and sexual exploration scenarios.
Our hope is to encourage parents and adults to be a safe place for kids to confide in. You can limit Instagram or take away TikTok, but if your kid can’t go to you when they mess up, they are still at risk for unsafe online practices! Be involved in their life. Be willing to listen and understand!
Human Trafficking Statistics and Online Safety
Human Trafficking and the Role of the Church Seminar
Become a Safe House Volunteer
To volunteer with the Safe House Ministry, you must be 18 or older, pass a background check, and be highly skilled in construction.
Get Involved With Safe Harbor
Support our Safe House Builds
We would like to give a special thank you to Hand of Hope, who generously supports the Safe House Ministry as we love and serve survivors of human trafficking.
If you would like to be involved in supporting the Safe House Ministry, please get in touch with us. Your donation directly helps the building of safe houses, and ultimately, touches the lives of so many in need of restoration.