Shared Hope joins Anti-Trafficking Leaders in Launching Generation Freedom

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With the race to the White House in full swing, the leaders of various anti-trafficking organizations, faith-based organizations, clergy, etc., are calling on the future President to make anti-trafficking measures a top priority in their term. Generation Freedom is asking the candidates, if they are elected President, to allocate three billion dollars of their budget […]

Shifting towards Justice: Non-Criminalization of Child Sex Trafficking Victims

During the 2016 legislative sessions this year, at least 10 states have introduced legislation that would protect a child from being blamed for their own commercial sexual exploitation, meaning that prostitution offenses would not apply to minors. As of August 1, 2015, 14 states and DC had already enacted full non-criminalization provisions to prevent prosecution […]

Communities of Faith: Join in this Mission of Love

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by Dan Sartor In April of 2016, Shared Hope International will host its first JuST Faith Summit in Orlando, rallying faith communities to join the mission to eradicate sex trafficking.  As a person of faith I see great potential for diverse individuals from an array of backgrounds—geographic, cultural, socioeconomic, and religious—unifying to address what is […]

These Programs have Empowered Women Worldwide

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Guest Post by Ashley Macdonald While anyone can become a victim of human trafficking, Shared Hope recognizes that traffickers target susceptible individuals. Financial instability is among the vulnerabilities that can aid a victim to fall in to the horrors of human trafficking. Shared Hope International’s Women’s Investment Network (WIN) program offers women the opportunity to […]

SOCIETY’S PERSISTENT MISCONCEPTION: WOMEN SELL SEX BECAUSE THEY SHOULD AND MEN BUY SEX BECAUSE THEY CAN

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Guest Post by Shea M. Rhodes, Esq Commercial sexual exploitation can be viewed, simply, as a two-part system: supply and demand. Under an economic theory, supply (prostituted persons) follows demand (purchasers of sex). In theory, one would surmise that if demand could be eliminated, commercial sexual exploitation would cease to exist. In order to refocus […]

Things Just Got Real.

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Guest Blogger: Jo Lembo My husband Nick and I go out regularly representing Shared Hope International’s message of prevention.  When we are invited into area schools, we use the film Chosen, which tells the story of two girls, ages 13 and 18, who broke the stereotypical at-risk youth picture.  They were from good homes, straight-A […]

My Mirror

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Guest Blogger: Christian Lenty There have been many times people have approached me about wanting to go to the red light district with the objective of talking to the men who go there in search of some form of entertainment. Their objective is to try to change these men’s behavior and/or mindset toward the women […]

3 Ways My Church Could Have Helped Free Me

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Guest Blogger: Lexie Smith I am sure my new youth pastor never expected the words that came out of my mouth. It was evident by his slightly dropped jaw and wide eyes toward his wife. Never in a million years did anyone suspect that one of the most involved families could be so broken and […]

Penalties Without Victim Protections and State Investment Fall Short

Identifying Effective Counter-Trafficking Programs and Practices in the U.S.: Legislative, Legal, and Public Opinion Strategies that Work is a recent study that examines arrests or prosecutions under state human trafficking laws and public perceptions of human trafficking. The key findings in this study point to the need for comprehensive legislation that goes beyond criminal penalties […]

2015 Was Awesome

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