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Frankfort church hosts meeting on human trafficking

Updated: May 25, 2014 3:52PM



Human trafficking is a worldwide problem, existing in almost every country in one form or another, according to Barbara Everett, chief executive of Destiny Rescue USA.

The nonprofit Christian-based organization is dedicated to rescuing children who are the victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation and helps prevent vulnerable children from falling prey to traffickers, according to its website, www.destinyrescue.org/usa.

“We are mostly working with girls,” Everett said. “The vast majority of trafficking is in sex (exploitation).”

Everett said awareness is a key to saving these children, and funds are badly needed to restore and reintegrate young people — some as young as 5 or 6 years old — back into society.

In the effort to increase knowledge of this heinous crime, Living Streams Church, 7837 Lincoln Highway, Frankfort, will host “Destiny Rescue — Human Trafficking Awareness” at 7 p.m. Saturday, with guest speaker David Grant, program director for Destiny Rescue USA.

Internationally it costs about $6,000 to help victims of human trafficking recover from their terrible experience. The process involves education and/or training, depending on the child’s age, as well as housing, food, counseling and medical care, among other needs, according to Everett.

She said many of the rescued children are preteen girls or those in their early teens who have the cultural responsibility to support a family and who often leave home to look for work. Human traffickers prey on them in the guise of an employer or someone who can find them a good job.

Everett said that in the United States, it’s typically runaways who are sold for the sex trade but occasionally girls are abducted. She said traffickers often place themselves in situations where they have easy access to children and can gain their friendship and trust.

Destiny Rescue USA has programs in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and India and offices in the United States and Australia. For more information, visit www.lstreams.com or call (815) 464-5230.



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