Human trafficking is slavery.
And it’s worse today than at any point in history. Slave labor, child soldiers and commercial sexual exploitation are just a few forms of modern-day slavery. And the numbers are staggering.
There are nearly 30 million slaves worldwide.
And in the United States alone, as many as 300,00 children are at risk of being commercially exploited in sex slavery each year. Victims are usually deceived by traffickers who offer a better life or a better job. And once they have victims in their grasp, traffickers use false promises, manipulation, threats or debt bondage to keep their victims under control. To learn more about human trafficking in the United States, visit polarisproject.org or request an UnBound training.
Victims are trapped and hopeless.
In addition to little or no pay, slaves often suffer in torturous conditions where malnutrition, sleep deprivation and abuse are rampant. Victims of sex slavery suffer the contraction of preventable diseases, dehumanization and intense emotional and physical trauma. These victims often become prey to a physical and psychological evil they can never escape alone.
UnBound is activating local communities to fight human trafficking through:
UnBound works to educate and empower youth, spread awareness through citywide outreaches and provide human-trafficking presentations to groups and organizations within local communities.
UnBound provides professional training to lawyers, medical professionals, educators, social service providers and more to equip all professional to use their skills to identify and serve victims of human trafficking.
UnBound advocates for survivors by providing for immediate needs, offering support to caregivers, volunteering services and connecting with aftercare programs to help each survivor through his or her unique restoration process.
When we learned of children being sold into sex trafficking in our own communities, we felt compelled to do our part to stop it. We asked: What if attorneys, IT specialists, teachers, moms, medical professionals—all spheres of society—worked together? Starting small, we realized that a lot of small adds up to something really big. By working together through prevention, professional training and survivor advocacy, we’ve started to see communities activated to fight human trafficking.
Headquartered in Waco, Texas, UnBound is made up of individual chapters around the United States and across the world working to see change in their own communities. Each chapter works in different areas based on the culture and needs of their city. To find out more about UnBound chapters, check out our locations.
• Jesus and the Local Church. Everything we do is motivated by the desire to follow Jesus and demonstrate his heart for the lost and broken. We believe God created the Church to express His heart of justice and compassion in the earth, and we want to mobilize the Church to do that by fighting human trafficking. All chapters of UnBound are part of the Antioch International Movement of Churches.
• Community Relationships. Real change happens when we join hands across communities to see the end of human trafficking. Our goal is to see unity between governmental agencies, non-profits, social services, churches and individuals to maximize the impact we can have together.
• Hope. Because of our faith in Jesus, we believe that there is hope for rescue, healing and permanent change in the lives of victims, survivors, traffickers and consumers. In everything we do and communicate, we want to convey a message of hope. When serving victims and survivors of trafficking of all backgrounds, faiths, and belief systems, we recognize and respect each person’s personal healing process.
• Prayer. All of our hard work and resources are valuable, but we believe that ultimately God alone has the power to bring freedom and long-lasting transformation. We recognize our complete need to pray continually and seek the prayer of others in every area of our work.