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Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. Sex trafficking is when a sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform the sex act is not 18 years or older. Labor trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for labor services through the use of force, fraud or coercion for involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery. Human trafficking is still prevalent in today’s society.
The Salvation Army declares war on human trafficking.
The Salvation Army Emergency Trafficking Program works alongside local law enforcement, FBI, ICE, and numerous other community partners to identify, rescue, and restore victims of forced labor and sexual exploitation. We help both foreign and domestic victims of all ages and ethnicities through our nationwide case management network. Along with giving immediate refuge and relief for victims, we take a holistic approach to healing, helping each person move from a state of victimized enslavement to God-centered self-sufficiency.
The Salvation Army raises awareness of the injustices of human trafficking by partnering with local coalitions. Through prevention activities and our work to reduce demand for forced labor and commercial sex, we prevent future crimes. We also help rescue and restore current victims by improving the identification and prosecution of local traffickers.
Comprehensive Care Management
We give ongoing care to those escaping the life of human trafficking. Along with the immediate needs of shelter, transportation, food, and clothing, we address physical and psychological trauma through a variety of services, including:
Medical and dental
Social service benefits
Substance abuse treatment
A Legacy of Justice
For more than two centuries, The Salvation Army has stood firmly behind women and children subjected to organized commercial sexual exploitation. In the 1800s, we pioneered an undercover sex trafficking investigation, which directly shaped the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885. By 1900, The Salvation Army had created over 100 "rescue homes" throughout London to help those fleeing prostitution. Over a century later, we remain fully committed to abolishing the sex trade from every corner of the world.