End Slavery / The Trafficked & Enslaved

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We're committed to standing with exploited people and preventing those who are vulnerable from being exploited. Statistics tell us that 1 in 3 women will be exploited. It's not the stranger, it's the people we know. It's social media driven. We want to empower and challenge you to deal with the realities of sexual exploitation. Sex trafficking is a messy, complicated web of tragedy. Just because there may not be a brothel down the street doesn't mean it's not happening near you. Let's open our eyes...

We have a passion to see freedom come to those trapped in modern-day slavery. There are many categories of slavery around the world, and we denounce them all.

One of our primary focuses is on people who are trapped and/or trafficked for sexual exploitation. It's reported that 90% of all people trafficked have suffered sexual abuse, including male labor workers. Unhealed traumas multiply.

We want to see integrated community transformation take place among the community of people who are brought together by the experience of enslavement — especially those who are sexually exploited. We recognize that many (though not all) have been tricked, forced and/or trafficked into the industry. We believe that ICT, with our unique approach of bringing people together to help the oppressed is necessary, especially in communities with fragmented approaches to helping victims.

Our approach includes building networks among the non-profit sector, legal aid, police and Special Victims Units, educational institutions, social service organizations, hospitals and churches who can come together to respond to needs with integrated, holistic support that isolated groups are unable to provide on their own. We journey with people as they move from being victims to survivors to advocates.

We commit to seeing the invisible and once we discover a person trapped in slavery, we consider them part of our community and we will go to extraordinary lengths to provide access to food, freedom, and forgiveness.

We recognize the benefit of defining the community that we work with so that we can be specific and focused on where we invest our resources. We know that people in this community transcend geographic boundaries and can be transient, making it more difficult to be definitive and harder still to build long and lasting relationships. We must take on these challenges collaboratively because every person is loved completely by Jesus.

We choose to work in multiple partnerships with local organizations, ministries, law enforcement, legal aid groups, and churches. We recognize that we cannot always provide ITeams staff at the outset, and there is power in working together. We collaborate, empower and direct victims to partners who can best help them with the unique challenges that they face.

We believe prevention is better than a cure. Therefore, we will also work with vulnerable people-based communities to create preventative awareness around sexual exploitation and trafficking issues. Healthy sexuality together with information on root causes and helping vulnerable people become aware of grooming techniques will help us work toward ending slavery.

We value each life and therefore will walk with victims as they rebuild their lives.

We address physical health needs as well as safe housing and job creation through alliances with community partners. We walk with those we serve across the continuum of care and recovery. No one should be invisible and everyone should have access to food, freedom, and forgiveness.



Evaluate and Engage


When we enter a community, we seek to relate to and understand the community through the eyes of Jesus. This includes pre-training and ongoing on-field research.


We repeat a collaborative cycle that aims to work alongside others in the community to identify and assess both needs and resources. Alongside the community, we encourage initiatives guided by a strategy and help implement them.


As transformation takes hold in a community our role changes. We avoid creating unhealthy dependencies and focus on what Jesus is doing within the community. This typically leads to expansion as transformation impacts surrounding communities.

Human Trafficking Statistics


Human Trafficking Red Flags

  • Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
  • Is under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts
  • Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp / manager
  • Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
  • Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
  • Is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work
  • Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off
  • Was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work
  • High security measures exist in the work and/or living locations (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)
  • Poor mental health or abnormal behavior
  • Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
  • Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Poor Physical Health
  • Lacks health care
  • Appears malnourished
  • Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture
  • Lack of Control
  • Has few or no personal possessions
  • Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records, or bank account
  • Is not in control of his/her own identification documents (ID or passport)
  • Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)
  • Claims of just visiting and inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address
  • Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or do not know what city he/she is in
  • Loss of sense of time
  • Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story
This list is not exhaustive and represents only a selection of possible indicators. The red flags in this list may not be present in all trafficking cases and are not cumulative.



When a person is held against his or her will and controlled physically or psychologically by violence or the threat of violence for the purpose of appropriating their labor.


An individual involved in the recruiting, transporting, harboring, receiving, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of subjecting that person to slavery via any of the forms listed in this document.

Sex Slavery / Sex Trafficking

When a person is coerced, forced, or deceived into prostitution, or maintained in prostitution through coercion. Sex trafficking can also occur within debt bondage, as when the victim is forced to continue in prostitution through the use of unlawful "debt" purportedly incurred through their transportation, recruitment, or even their crude "sale", which the traffickers insist they must pay off before they can be free.

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing organized crime in the world.

Trafficking in persons is broadly defined as modern-day slavery, but different countries and laws provide variations on the exact definition. Listed below are two of the most commonly used and influential definitions. Note that the UN definition is broader than the US definition, as it includes organ trafficking and an expanded list of 'means', such as abuse of a position of vulnerability. Both definitions do not require sex trafficking of children to include any force or coercion, recognizing that children cannot meaningfully consent to sexual exploitation. They are also both inclusive of transnational and internal trafficking in persons.

  1. United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, Supplemental Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children:
    • Trafficking in persons shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.
    • Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs;
    • The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of a child for the purpose of exploitation shall be considered trafficking in persons even if this does not involve any of the means set forth in sub-paragraph (a) [see above] of this article;'
  2. Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, [United States federal law; the definition below is of 'severe forms of trafficking in persons', for which there are criminal penalties in the United States]:
    • Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion or in which the person induced to perform such an act is under 18, or
    • The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion, for the purpose of subjecting that person to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

Child Sex Trafficking/ Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

When a child under the age of 18 is the victim of sex trafficking.

Bonded Labor

Abuses of contracts and hazardous conditions of employment for migrant laborers do not necessarily constitute human trafficking. However, the attribution of illegal costs and debts on these laborers in the source country, often with the support of labor agencies and employers in the destination country, can contribute to a situation of debt bondage. This is the case even when the workers status in the country is tied to the employer as a guest-worker in the context of employment-based temporary work programs.

Forced Labor

Also known as involuntary servitude, forced labor may result when unscrupulous employers exploit workers made more vulnerable by high rates of unemployment, poverty, crime, discrimination, corruption, political conflict, or cultural acceptance of the practice.

Child Soldiers

Child soldiering can be a manifestation of human trafficking where it involves the unlawful recruitment or use of children — through force, fraud, or coercion — as combatants or for labor or sexual exploitation by armed forces. Perpetrators may be government forces, paramilitary organizations, or rebel groups. Many children are forcibly abducted to be used as combatants. Others are made unlawfully to work as porters, cooks, guards, servants, messengers, or spies. Young girls can be forced to marry or have sex with male combatants. Both male and female child soldiers are often sexually abused and are at high risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.

Forced Marriage

A forced marriage is a marriage that is performed under duress and without the full and informed consent or free will of both parties.

Organ Trafficking

The forced removal of body parts for the purpose of financial gain. Organ, tissues, and cells trafficking often takes the form of what is known as transplant tourism, with recipients traveling, usually from wealthier nations, to acquire organs in countries where measures to prevent the crime or protect live donors are not in place or not implemented. It is estimated 5-10 percent of kidney transplants performed annually around the world are the result of trafficking. (From United Nations News Centre) Organ trafficking remains an invisible trafficking sector for many anti-trafficking initiatives.

Begging Rings

Children, women or men forced to beg in public for financial gain.

Stories of freedom


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