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November 21st, 2019
17-year-old: How I Escaped an International Trafficking Ring

Stories like this happen because people like you help exploited women cross over into freedom. Will you be a bridge to freedom today and help us meet our $250K year-end goal? Your gift will send expertly trained outreach teams to hotbeds of commercial sexual exploitation around the world and transform lives in 2020. Give Freedom “Are you being held here in Moscow against your will?” the stoic Russian judge asked...

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November 14th, 2019
Why This Jailed Survivor Was Excited to See Us

Stories like this one happen because people like you help exploited women cross over into freedom. Will you be a bridge to freedom today and help us meet our $250K end-of-year goal? Your gift will transform lives in 2020. Give Freedom We waited for the guard to open the clunky iron door of the "pod"—a large holding space for anywhere between 10 to 70 women—where inmates sleep, eat, and hang...

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April 26th, 2019
What Happened When We Went to a Porn Convention

“You don’t really look like you belong here. What are you doing here?” A man at the porn convention approached me and from our conversation I realized he assumed I was there as an adult performer. After I told him I wasn’t, he paused and looked closely at my face and then made that comment and asked me that question. What was I doing here? He was surprised to learn...

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March 28th, 2019
How We Dismantled A Nigerian Trafficking Ring

Header Photo: A female and male trafficker react after Russian police arrive at their apartment, where they were trafficking nine girls. Before I share this story, I want to acknowledge that the “we” in this article title refers not only to the Exodus Cry Outreach team, but also to the Russian NGO Alternativa, Russian journalists, law enforcement, and most importantly, the courageous exploited young women who reached out for help....

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August 14th, 2017
Five Things to Know about Netflix’s I Am Jane Doe

The documentary film I Am Jane Doe depicts the great battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex trafficking on Backpage.com. Here are some facts about this compelling and timely film. 1. It’s about sex trafficking in the US While our own documentary Nefarious: Merchant of Souls investigated the sex trade world-wide, I Am Jane Doe—directed by Mary Mazzio and recently released...

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March 10th, 2017
What happened in Houston before the Patriots won the Super Bowl?

Before the New England Patriots’ historic comeback against the Atlanta Falcons shocked the country, another historic event shook the dark corners of the city of Houston. Around 300 abolitionists gathered for the 4-day Justice Rally conference and outreach—hosted by our friends Elijah Rising, in partnership with Exodus Cry—and we pray Houston will never be the same. With unplanned poetic timing, we realized the rally marked ten years to the day...

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December 13th, 2016
Why You Should Join Us in Houston for the Super Bowl

South Africa. New Orleans. London. Brazil. These are places we've been that remind us of new stories being written. These were destinations for past major sporting events where, just beyond the reach of the lights and the cameras, sexual exploitation was taking place. But more importantly, these are places where lives would be forever changed. For the past few years, Exodus Cry has had the honor of mobilizing outreach teams...

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December 6th, 2016
How to Reach Exploited Women in Your Community

James 1:27 “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction...” Exodus Cry’s Intervention team reaches individuals exploited in the sex industry in brothels, strip clubs, jails, online venues, and on the streets—one by one. Because we saw a great need, we prayed for ways to strategically multiply our efforts and reach many more sexually exploited women. This is...

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October 26th, 2016
Freedom Behind Bars

“… I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:36 (NIV) Where do we locate women who have been sold for sex? There are many answers to this question, but one may come as a surprise. Jails and prisons across the nation are home to thousands of women who have been sexually exploited. In the United States prostitution is illegal, so women (and many transgendered men) on...

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October 20th, 2015
Why These Empty Shoes Mean Freedom

"For You have delivered my soul from death, indeed my feet from stumbling, so that I may walk before God in the light of the living." Psalm 56:13 (NASB) Since joining Exodus Cry’s Intervention team three years ago, I’ve sought out many individuals who are exploited through prostitution, offering them hope of a way out. Our goal in Intervention is to locate current victims, aid their escape of exploitation, and...

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