The Love146 Story
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In 2002, the co-founders of Love146 traveled to Southeast Asia on an exploratory trip to determine how they could serve in the fight against child sex trafficking. They were taken undercover with investigators to a brothel where they witnessed children being sold for sex..

This is the story that sparked our founding.

“We found ourselves standing shoulder to shoulder with predators in a small room, looking at young girls through glass. The girls wore red dresses with a number pinned to their dress for identification.The children sat, blankly watching cartoons on a crackling TV in the corner. They were waiting to be purchased. These children… raped… sometimes multiple times every night. They had that look we’ve too often seen in children who have been systematically abused: their eyes were glazed over with a blank stare, as if they had shutdown to survive.Except one girl. One girl who wouldn’t watch the cartoons. Her number was 146. She was staring at us with a piercing gaze.
We still saw fight and life left in her eyes. Because we went in as part of an ongoing undercover investigation on this particular brothel, we were unable to immediately respond. Evidence had to be collected in order to bring about a raid and eventually justice on those running the brothel. Some time later, there was a raid on this brothel and children were rescued. But the girl who wore #146 was no longer there. We do not know what happened to her, but we will never forget her. She changed the course of all of our lives. We have taken this number so that we remember why this all started. It is a number that was pinned to one girl, but it represents the millions who have been trafficked and exploited. We wear this number with honor, with sorrow, and with a growing hope. This story can be a different one for so many more.
After that trip in 2002, we began our work. We started in Survivor Care. Since then, we have expanded our work to include prevention. We have established operations in the Philippines, the UK, and the US – with offices in Connecticut, Texas, and North Carolina. Our programs have reached thousands of children.”

– Rob Morris
President and Co-founder

The trafficking and exploitation of children is one of the darkest stories and most severe human rights abuses imaginable. But for us, the hope of ending it is a reality. Love146 is providing effective and thoughtful solutions while helping grow the movement to end child trafficking. We believe in the power of love and its ability to effect sustainable change. Love is the foundation of our motivation.Love is the foundation of our name because it is our motivating drive to end the trafficking and exploitation of children.

We hold true what Martin Luther King Jr. said:

“Justice at its best is love correcting
everything that stands against love.”

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