Although slavery is commonly thought to be a thing of the past, human traffickers generate hundreds of billions of dollars in profits by trapping millions of people in horrific situations around the world, including here in the U.S. Traffickers use violence, threats, deception, debt bondage, and other manipulative tactics to force people to engage in commercial sex or to provide labor or services against their will. While more research is needed on the scope of human trafficking, below are a few key statistics: The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally. 68% of…
This is our Freedom Wall. The hand prints on the Tree, are of the survivors that have had their “branding” tattoos removed or are in the process of removing. The Thumbprints (Cat Tails) in the grass are from those that have had Gang or Prison tattoos removed. Now looking into a mirror the reflection they see back, are of their true selves, renewed, restored, and filled with hope.