Anti Human Trafficking Efforts
The Salvation Army Of Northeast Ohio's Efforts To Stop Human Trafficking
Our goal is to end Human Trafficking through public awareness, services to trafficked persons, advocacy, resources, and training support to law enforcement.
The Salvation Army is deeply committed to the modern-day fight against human trafficking (for sexual and labor purposes) and forms of commercial sexual exploitation innately linked to sexual trafficking. This commitment emerges from both The Salvation Army's mission - to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination - and is rooted in the organization's early history.
What Is Human Trafficking?
Trafficking in persons (TIP) is the illegal commerce in human beings. It can be helpful to think of TIP (also known as human trafficking) as a process through which a person loses his or her freedom and is reduced to the status of someone else’s “property.” People who live through the trafficking process ultimately experience slavery because through human trafficking they become people over whom others assume the powers and rights of ownership.
The elements that make up the trafficking process include recruiting, enticing, transporting, harboring, maintaining, provisioning or obtaining a person. To be a victim of human trafficking, at the end of the process the individual must find him or herself in a context of exploitation—either being exploited for their labor or for sexual access to their bodies. Accordingly, human trafficking can more or less be divided into two broad categories: labor trafficking and sex trafficking.
Ways We Fight Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking Task Force: This task force consists of community organizations such as the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, various concerned citizens, law enforcement agencies such as the US District Attorney’s office, and local churches such as The Salvation Army and Catholic Charities. We meet to network and combine our agencies resources in order to better fight human trafficking.
More information on how The Salvation Army fights Human Trafficking can be found by visiting The Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking and reading our Human Trafficking Brochure
A Survivor's Story
Mimi Diaz is a survivor of sexual trafficking. From the time she was just 5 years old, she was raped, sold for money, and abused by those who were supposed to love and protect her most, her parents and siblings. When she was 15 years old she was finally freed and her entire world changed thanks to The Salvation Army. Currently, she is a student studying graphic design in Texas and acts as a mentor to inner city children.