Salvation Army

WHO THEY ARE

The Salvation Army was founded in London, England, in 1865 by Catherine and William Booth. The Booths went against Victorian conventions and took their ministry to the dirty and dangerous streets of London's east side where they reached out to the destitute and desperate. Their efforts eventually evolved into a battle to protect women and children from the horrors of sex trafficking. Upon learning of the desperate needs of women and children at risk of or already caught up in organized commercial sexual exploitation, The Salvation Army responded by opening homes for women and girls and developing intensive "Rescue Work." Within thirty years Salvation Army rescue homes grew from one to 117.

WHAT THEY DO

Now more than a century later, The Salvation Army in the United States and abroad is part of a reviving movement for the abolition of sex trafficking and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation. A revival of The Salvation Army's previous anti-trafficking movement began developing in the late 1990s, and since that time has steadily grown. Today, The Salvation Army USA's anti-trafficking efforts focus on four core areas: legislative and policy initiatives, awareness raising and training, prevention efforts, as well as the development and provision of trafficking survivor services.

In summary, The Salvation Army are working in the areas of:

  • Ending child sex trafficking
  • Ending the demand (through pornography and related services)
Click here for anti-pornography resources

Quest to end child sex trafficking

The Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking is a project of The Salvation Army National Headquarters. We exist to help create and equip the movement for the Abolition of sexual trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. We develop and provide information and resources to help other Abolitionists in their efforts to educate the public about the devastating realities of sex trafficking and the effects of life in the sex industry. We promote practices and policies that support prevention of these phenomenon, that protect survivors, and which combat the demand for commercial sex—the principle driving force behind sex trafficking and the commercial sex industry.

We believe that sexual trafficking is an extreme abuse of human rights and an affront to human dignity. We also believe that sexual trafficking is inherently connected to the existence of the commercial sex trade, an industry predicated on the objectification and exploitation of the individuals (primarily females) used to supply sex. Therefore, our fight against sexual trafficking is also a fight against the forces and institutions that seek to normalize and supply persons for various sectors of the sex trade (e.g. prostitution, pornography, and stripping).

Click here to visit website: Initiative Against Sex Trafficking (Salvation Army Project)

Article: "Sexual Gulags: Facing and Fighting Sex Trafficking"




Interview with Johnny Michael on 'For the Record' (Salvation Army)


HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

ADVOCATE

  • Organize to enforce zoning laws and to close strip clubs and massage parlors—the fronts for prostitution and trafficking in your local community. For more information on how to do this, please refer to the Center Piece article called “In the Neighborhood: Enforcing Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation Statutes in Strip Clubs and Adult Bookstores.” You can find this article by going to www.ncptc.org, (Center Piece, Volume 3, Issue 5).
  • Write, call or visit the office of your state and local elected officials. Tell them you support efforts to combat sexual trafficking and abolish demand for commercial sex.
  • Join your state or local anti-trafficking task force. Many states and some communities have anti-trafficking task forces and/or coalitions. Such groups provide great opportunities for advocacy.

CARE PACKAGES

Partner with an existing ministry by putting together a care package or buying care package materials that are given to the victims of sexual trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation that they serve. Based on cultural and climate conditions, the types of items collected for care packages may vary, so be sure to coordinate with the program directors before sending items.

EDUCATE

Discuss the issue of human trafficking with your family, friends, and community. Ways to introduce them to the issue include: hosting a party, book club, film screening, or Bible study about human trafficking. Also, you can “like” anti-trafficking websites on your Facebook page or tweet about human trafficking.

Hang an anti-trafficking poster in your business, office or church. You can order posters and other materials for free at www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/about/form.htm.

Preach a sermon. Deliver a message from the pulpit about the need to abolish sexual trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation and reaffirm the inherent, God-given dignity of human beings.

Pray. Get your local church and community involved in The Salvation Army’s Annual International Prayer and Fasting Weekend held each September. Prayer guides are available upon request. For dates, resources, and to register go to: www.traffickingprayerandfasting.org.

Host a briefing or training on the topic of sexual trafficking in your church community by bringing together local community leaders, as well as anti-trafficking experts. Encourage church members who are “first responders” (police officers, Child Protective Services workers, probation officers, foster care providers, healthcare professionals, etc.) to get trained on how to identify victims of trafficking within the context of their work. IAST and The Salvation Army National Headquarters’ anti-trafficking staff are glad to work with individuals and groups wishing to organize such events.

Write articles and/or letters of opinion for local papers, church publications, denominational publications, or other publications.

GIVE

Your financial support of the Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking enables us to continue our efforts to raise awareness and develop resources to assist survivors. Mail your tax deductible donation (earmarked for IAST) to The Salvation Army, PO Box 269, Alexandria, VA, 22313.

KNIT

If you are a knitter, consider knitting a scarf or shawl for women caught up in the commercial sex trade. The scarves will be given as Christmas presents to women still trapped in life on the streets. Recipients are thrilled to be given handmade gifts and to know that people are thinking of them. If there is not an exit program for prostituted women in your area, send your scarves to IAST and we will distribute them to programs that work with sexually exploited women.

VOLUNTEER & ORGANIZE

Volunteer. Social service organizations that work with victims of sexual trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation are often in desperate need of volunteers. Ask the community partners who are providing care to victims what is lacking in their program and fill in the gap. Each program and each survivor will have unique needs. Ways to volunteer include:

  • Your community club or church small group can offer to adopt a room at a shelter or drop-in-center and transform it into a peaceful place of healing or offer to bring a home cooked meal to a program serving victims.
  • Be a life skill mentor (budgeting, literacy, English practice, sewing, riding the bus, resume writing, learning to ride a bike, etc.).
  • Drive them to church activities and/or medical, counseling, or other appointments.
  • Offer your professional services to victims (hair stylist, dentist, apartment owner, photographer, chef, therapist, personal training/coach, attorney, etc.).
  • Adopt a victim and provide tangible support as they move from crisis to self sufficiency. This might include helping them decorate their new living quarters, paying for a class at the local college, helping them as they reintegrate with their family members (including children), throwing them a birthday party, finding a church member who can employ them, and celebrating victories in their life.
  • Host a special event for survivors, such as an Easter or Christmas party.
  • Work with local churches, existing social service agencies and community leaders to develop outreach to help women and children exit the sex industry. Start by identifying and mapping where the sex industry has a presence in your community. Then organize prayer teams to do prayer walks or “drive-by” prayer in those areas. Strategize creative ways to do outreach to the women on the street or in the strip clubs.

Combat demand. Start a program in your community for people struggling with sexual addictions. For more information on combating sexual addictions, visit www.avenueresource.com or www.faithfulandtrueministries.com.  Also, work in your community to seek the arrest of commercial sex buyers, as well as to develop deterrent sex offender programs.

IAST would benefit greatly from people who could give their time to do research, graphic design, law review, and volunteer co-ordination. Contact us at anti_sextrafficking@usn.salvationarmy.org to inquire about possible volunteer opportunities in your local area.

SUPPORT ANTI-TRAFFICKING BUSINESSES

Several Christian ministries and businesses sell merchandise produced by former victims of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Help sustain these enterprises by purchasing their products. This merchandise makes an extra special gift for a family member or friend. To see a list of several ministries that sell this type of merchandise, click here.

TRANSLATE

If you are fluent in a foreign language, consider volunteering to translate various IAST materials into other languages. To volunteer email us.

WATCH AND REPORT

Keep your eyes and ears open for reports and evidence of trafficking in your community. Report such matters to local authorities as well as the Trafficking Information and Referral Hotline at 1.888.3737.888.

CREATIVE ARTS & SPORTS

Express the value of freedom and human rights through art, music, or performance. Use your musical talents to write and record a song about trafficking. Write or sponsor a play about human trafficking and use the proceeds from ticket sales to support a local anti-trafficking organization.

Run4FAAST: Support The Salvation Army and the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST) by running or volunteering to end human trafficking at various Virginia or Maryland based races. For more information visit: www.faastinternational.org/run-4-faast.

Produce your own anti-trafficking video or song.  A group of students from a Washington DC area college, as part of an advocacy project, produced an eight minute video on trafficking. Perhaps you can too.

 

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