The modern day slave trade is a multi-billion dollar industry. Worldwide, 40.3 million individuals are trafficked for labor, sexual exploitation, and profit. This problem is global — it reaches from the most distant shores to our very own neighborhoods.
The Salvation Army of the Carolinas
Attn: Project FIGHT
P.O. Box 241808
Charlotte, NC 28224-1808
Support survivors with tangible items needed to support their healing journey.
Are you interested in spreading awareness, but you’re not sure how? You can request training from the project FIGHT staff. Consider educating youth groups, men’s and women’s groups, employees, churches, civic clubs, or any other group that would like to join the fight against human trafficking.
Host A Special Event
A special event can be as simple as having a few friends over for dinner or as elaborate as a movie screening. Regardless, the purpose remains the same; to inform individuals about human trafficking and share the mission of Project FIGHT. It can also be a great fundraising opportunity.
At an early age, Nicole had been in and out of homeless shelters with her family. When she was only 13 years old, Nicole’s mom married a man who they moved in with. Her stepfather physically and sexually abused Nicole, while her mother ignored the problem. Nicole ran away many times trying to escape her childhood. At 18 years of age, Nicole met a 30-year-old man who flattered her in all the right ways and met her basic needs. After several months of happy dating, her new boyfriend began forcing her to take drugs and sexually exploiting her.
For an entire year, Nicole experienced this abuse, never getting paid, only receiving food and a place to stay. Nicole’s only survival skill was to be agreeable. One day, however, law enforcement discovered Nicole while running a sting at a local hotel. They realized that she was a victim of human trafficking and contacted The Salvation Army Project FIGHT through the 24-hour hotline.
A case manager from Project FIGHT met Nicole at the hotel. They assessed her immediate needs and were able to provide her with a safe place to stay, new clothes, and food. From there, Nicole and her case manager developed a case plan to help her get back on to her feet.
Through The Salvation Army Project FIGHT case plan, Nicole is now living independently and working full time. She is learning self-confidence while attending therapy to deal with her ongoing trauma. Today, Nicole is a member of her community where others do not know her past. She feels like her dignity has been restored and she now sees a hopeful future.