Because people can be sold over and over again every day, human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. Through the manipulation of vulnerable people, this exploitation recruits, transports and provides people for unpaid labor or commercial sex. It is involuntary, forced servitude and debt bondage. And it is in every city, every town, across North America. In fact, victims of human trafficking may be as close to you as the next gas station or booth in a local restaurant. It is even possible that one of your family members is being trafficked, and you wouldn’t even know it.
1 in 6
Runaways becomes enslaved in human trafficking
Children are sexually exploited in the United States annually
The average cost of a slave
RESTORATION HAPPENS HERE
In the heart of New Orleans is a ministry that started in 1944 rescuing and helping women transition from homelessness, abuse, and the evil of trafficking. Baptist Friendship House, a Send Relief Ministry Center, is a reflection of love and grace intersecting with pain and regret.
Through partnerships with law enforcement, churches, government, and aware citizens, BFH is actively contributing to the effort of building awareness of human trafficking and rescuing victims. Led by Dr. Kay Bennett and the trained staff, women and families who enter BFH find comfort, security and assistance transitioning from a life of manipulation to a promising future.
Baptist Friendship House is focused on making an impact on New Orleans by rescuing and loving one woman and family at a time.