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“Zarifa’s Story”

Dealt a life of unwanted marriage and violence, Zarifa fled from one home to another escaping forms of slavery. Then she heard someone shared her experience and found a promising future.

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Beating the Odds

From the age of two, Kara faced vulnerability and poverty. Then came an offer to marry a foreign man and get rich which turned out to be a way to exploit Kara and other young women. Thankful for a quick rescue and help from IJM and the Red Window Project, Kara is now defying the odds.

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Two Peeks into Trafficking

Two insights are provided into the world of human trafficking as well as human trafficking around the world. Whether willingly crossing boarders or being sent to a new country, the women all endure many of the same hardships.

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Brittney & Darlene

Brittney and Darlene, natives to Oakland, California, both found themselves pimped and prostituted as children. On the popular track of International Boulevard, their lives held drugs, sex, and beatings until one day they were rescued.

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Saving a Life Saver

Traveling to the US to become a nurse, John instead became a victim of human trafficking. With long hours of labor, John found freedom through the FBI and CAST.

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Labor & Emancipation

A man managed to swindle an entire Bangalore village into trafficked labor, with long hour days and little to nothing in payment. When all seemed lost, an IJM social worker caught sight of the issue.

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From Madame to Ministry

At 19, Anita walked into a new culture and a new life. She faced daily rape and constant abuse. She decided to excel as a Madame to get away from it, and her journey continued until she met Christ, when He changed everything.

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Under the Sun, Darkness

Coming together to raise awareness in Florida, Octavis shares her past of sexual exploitation and a chairman explains why Florida is a hub for the illegal business.

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From Highs to Lows

“I came from a very comfortable, middle class background but, as an adolescent, I was vulnerable. If you’re at a time in your life when you’re vulnerable, you’re susceptible to all kinds of things.”

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Kruzan’s Freedom

A look into the sentencing and freedom of Sara Kruzan, the victim of human trafficking who killed her abuser, and the charges surrounding her actions.

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Hopeless Journey, Happy Ending

Nadia left her son in order to help him. Little did she know her journey to find work in Italy would be prolonged by men filled with lust and lies. Thanks to a kind stranger, though, her hopeless journey changed course.

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Young Tutti Trafficked

Eleven-year-old Suman Tutti struggled through poverty every day with her family. Then, a woman greeted her with the promise of more, and she followed immediately, only to be lured into a trap of domestic trafficking.

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Sabine, Domestic Servant

Sabine came as an orphan from a broken nation, looking for hope. Instead, she found herself enslaved in domestic servitude for over six months. Her story didn’t end, however, and now she is enthusiastically learning new skills and overcoming old fears with Polaris Project.

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Minnesotan Issues

Minnesota’s ranking for child-trafficking has settled at 13th and the reasons vary greatly. Victims provide insight, and abolitionist organizations working hard, but the issue remains.

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Victims. Survivors. Leaders.

Three women spoke on a panel of trafficking survivors during a conference. Each told her personal story and strove to lead others in understanding of what to look for and how to help victims with stories not yet as hopeful as theirs.

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Leah and Bridget

14-year-old Leah Albright-Byrd was a runaway forced into prostitution. Years later, her story of clients, abuse, friendship, and the death of a friend spurred her to create an organization now helping other exploited victims who cannot help themselves.

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Alone in Ontario

Living in London, Ont. and struggling to survive for eight years, Stacy endured a brainwashing boyfriend, abusive men, and isolation until she finally found than to run.

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Salon Saving Grace

What better way to help trafficked women than embrace them through the love of a salon? Vision Beyond Borders uses this strategy to help women and children in India off of the streets.

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A Day of Remembrance

A day of remembrance for those affected by worldwide slavery is announced by the United Nations. Take a look into the accounts of several individuals who have endured such slavery.

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Aini in the Netherlands

Aini needed money for her family in the Philippines, so she accepted a job abroad. Like so many others, her job turned into a trap of enslavement. However, thanks to Not For Sale, she was rescued and is now receiving culinary skills training and work experience.

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Asia Society Washington

Mike Kim and Katherine Chou discussed with a panel at Asia Society Washington the affect of human trafficking both around the world and in the United States.

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Records Erased

First enduring human trafficking, then holding the resulting criminal record, victims finally have the chance for their convictions to be expunged and to literally be set free.

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Royal Wages

Seeking work to pay medical bills of her sick daughter, a Kenyan woman agrees to domestic labor for a royal Saudi Arabian family. However, the work turned into much more for much less while hostages multiplied from one to four, all only dreaming of freedom until one escapes.

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A Master Pimp

Exploring the tactics of a master pimp, Alex Campbell- a top charter for trafficking cases- is finally sentenced to prison once four of his victims testify against him.

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Saved in a Cell

Struggling to survive, Barbara resorted to the only thing offerable in exchange for food and shelter: her body. Through countless trials and tears, Barbara’s life spiraled until she decided to give her problems to Christ, and only then did she manage to love and be loved.

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Hazel’s Law

Hazel endured a violent nine months with her pimp before the start of her senior year. In reaction to her story, Hazel’s Law passed unanimously to close a loophole for sex trafficking.

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