In 2002, co-founders Rob Morris, Desirea Rodgers, Lamont Hiebert, and Caroline Hahm traveled to Southeast Asia on an exploratory trip to determine how they could serve in the fight against child sex trafficking. In one experience, a couple of our co-founders were taken undercover with investigators to a brothel where they witnessed children being sold for sex. This is the story that sparked our abolition movement. To read more of this story, visit our Love Story page.
Our Survivor Care program, presently based in Connecticut, serves nearly 200 youth, through Survivor Care and Rapid Response programs. After much research, regional assessment, and survivor input, we believe one of the best contributions we can make is to journey with youth as they leave exploitative situations. Many services exist, but few survivors have a trauma-informed advocate equipped to navigate these systems. By journeying with youth as they receive services such as legal assistance and therapy, as well as helping them with safety planning and crisis intervention, we can help ensure they’re receiving the best possible care. Our U.S. Survivor Care work also includes a Rapid Response program, designed to respond to urgent calls to provide immediate support to a youth who has been identified as trafficked, exploited, or at high risk.
Our Prevention Education program, Not a #Number is an interactive, five-module prevention curriculum designed to teach youth how to protect themselves from human trafficking and exploitation through information, critical thinking, and skill development. Not a #Number uses a holistic approach focusing on respect, empathy, individual strengths, and the relationship between personal and societal pressures that create or increase vulnerabilities. Love146 presents Not a #Number in high schools, group homes, and residential care facilities in many states, and trains professionals to implement Not a #Number in order to reach as many youth as possible. For more information visit our Not a #Number page.
Yes. In 2014, Love146 began a pilot safe accommodation program with highly trained staff, offering 24/7 care for young people trafficked from abroad. Safe accommodation can also act as an emergency placement, in a holistically supportive environment, where assessments and immediate safeguarding can take place. Our Survivor Support program supports young people whilst in foster care or other accommodation, ensuring individual planning for their needs (safety, education, health, legal, etc). We have extensive experience of working with foster carers to ensure they’re equipped and supported in providing the best care possible care. Part or this support is to ensure carers are able to implement the Love146 safety plan, which immediately and effectively safeguards children and young people trafficked from abroad. We routinely deliver specialist child trafficking training to frontline practitioners and offer case-specific supervision, information on best-practices for case management, and professional support for working with trafficked young people. For more information about service provision in the UK, please visit https://love146.org/
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Because survivors of exploitation have been traumatized in the past, we work hard to protect them and their path toward recovery. Hosting a short-term volunteer can be harmful to a child who becomes attached to someone who will leave soon after. The staff we do have in place are highly trained and fully committed. Visit our Round Home for girls and White Home for boys pages to learn more about our work in the Philippines.
In the past, survivors of child trafficking and exploitation have had a price and value put on them. We are hesitant to do the same.
Love146 works strictly in survivor care, prevention education, professional training, and capacity building. We do, however, work closely with organizations that rescue children.
Love146 does not purchase children as a means of rescue from enslavement. Though this may seem like an appropriate response, it is in fact contributing to the problem. The purchase of a child supports the very systems and structures of abuse that we are fighting. Financially supporting this system contributes to the circle of abuse by allowing the brothel owner, mamasan, or trafficker to simply purchase another child. In some cases, it actually increases the number of children trafficked. We support and endorse the work of rescue agencies and law enforcement that not only remove children from brothels, but also shut down brothels – and convict and sentence the exploiters.
Frankly, no one knows exactly how many people trafficking affects. One commonly cited statistic comes from the International Labor Organization: as of 2012 (the most recent year cited), the ILO estimated that more than 5 million children — both boys and girls under 17 years of age — have been victims of forced labor worldwide over a 10-year period from 2002 through 2011. (The ILO estimates that during those 10 years 20.9 million people, including adults and children, “are victims of forced labour globally, trapped in jobs into which they were coerced or deceived and which they cannot leave.”) The ILO reports that these estimates are the result of improved rigor from its previous study, released in 2005. But these are still estimates – not facts. Trafficking is an illegal underground issue; it is incredibly complex and underreported. For these reasons, it difficult to measure, though more research is desperately needed. We know the problem is real. We know the problem is big. And behind every disputable estimate is a real person that cannot be dismissed.
It is with humility over the past few years that we at Love146 have looked more closely at the problem of outdated or questionable estimates being presented as hard facts. Misuse of statistics discredits the modern-day abolition movement and doesn’t truly equip people to address trafficking in their own communities.
No. Love146 is an international human rights organization, serving people regardless of and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, political preference, sex, gender, sexual orientation, and disability. Love146 believes partnerships across religious, political, social, and cultural boundaries are vital in working toward ending child trafficking and exploitation.
Though the co-founders of Love146 are inspired by Christian faith, a system of faith is not required in the work of Love146 and we value the diverse perspectives of our staff and supporters. We readily embrace all those who unite in our common vision of the ending child sex trafficking and exploitation. While some Love146 programs and partners do incorporate elements of faith/spirituality, we evaluate programs based on their effectiveness and impact in protecting, defending, restoring, and empowering children.
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Love146 is primarily funded by individuals. Other sources of funding include grants, foundations, businesses, and faith communities.
We have developed our own programs as well as helped develop existing grassroots efforts. Within the countries where Love146 works, there are men and women already on the ground who speak the language, know the culture, but who lack the resources, training, and networks to do as effective a job as they could. We see this as an incredibly wise and effective use of resources. Love146 is very selective about partners, monitoring and keeping partner organizations accountable. This helps us not lose sight of where the money is going, as well as aiding in measuring the effectiveness of our programs. If we are going to abolish child trafficking and exploitation, it will take people and organizations working together with thoughtful and effective programs.
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