As this crazy year approaches its end, Destiny Rescue’s rescue missions remain relentless. Covid-19 has brought changes and difficulties for everyone across the globe, including our organization.

Our rescue operations have taken a lot more effort this year as rescue agents must implement safety precautions and keep up with complex and evolving government processes.

Reintegration teams are feeling the weight of these times as well. They work closely with impoverished families who are now experiencing exaggerated financial stress as lockdowns restrict their ability to earn an income and purchase essential goods such as food.

Food drops benefited survivors' families and at-risk communities

Food drops benefited survivors’ families and at-risk communities

Caseworkers and others in our reintegration teams have been innovative, coordinating packs of food for rescued girls and their families. In some countries, food has been sent to communities we have identified as being especially vulnerable to human trafficking. The food not only prevented the communities from potentially starving but also lead to the rescue of girls who were part of those communities.

Amidst the difficulties of this year, Destiny Rescue was able to rescue 33 people across four countries in four days. This latest surge of rescue is incredibly encouraging.

Three high-school girls rescued in Thailand

Paths to Freedom
In Thailand, rescue agents found a 14-year-old girl being exploited at a karaoke bar. She came from a poor family who could no longer afford to send her to school. She had taken this job to help support her family and pay her way through high school. Unfortunately, this place of work was instead a place of abuse and exploitation. Agents also learned there were two more 14-year-olds at this particular bar in a similar situation.

All three girls have been rescued and reunited with their families. They are enrolled in our community care reintegration program which pairs them with one of our caseworkers and provides support that will help them stay free. Our program has extended scholarships to all three girls allowing them to go to school and focus on their studies.

Community care caseworkers are hardworking and thoughtful individuals dedicated to serving survivors

Community care caseworkers are hardworking and thoughtful individuals dedicated to serving survivors

Fourteen-year-old girl rescued in Cambodia

Community Care
In Cambodia, a 14-year-old girl said yes to freedom and is now enrolled in our community care program. She will be able to live at home with her family while receiving assistance from our reintegration team along her path to freedom.

Nine girls and young women rescued at the Nepal border

The youngest girl intercepted this week was only 12 years old. She met a woman through Facebook who convinced her to meet up for a tour of a neighboring country. The child agreed to meet and was then held in a hotel room and sexually abused by two men, friends of this woman. After three nights of abuse, they created a false ID for her and attempted to take her across the border.

As they crossed they were stopped by our team and questioned. Rescue agents separated them and asked them further questions and quickly their stories did not match. Soon the young girl opened up to our staff and told them all she had been through and how she had been instructed to lie as they crossed the border. The three adults were sent to the police station. The child was brought to our transitional shelter and then reunited with her mother.

Border rescues typically occur before a trafficking victim has experienced abuse. In cases like these, where abuse has already happened, we work hard to get them the counseling and care they need.

Two operations rescue 20 girls and women in the Philippines

Survivor tip leads to 20 rescues
In the Philippines, rescue agents completed two successful rescue operations after doing surveillance for two months. After receiving a tip from a brave survivor in one of our partner homes, rescue agents began investigating a family-run trafficking ring. The family, under the direction of its matriarch, would sell girls to foreigners in an old US-naval base city.

Agents spent meticulous hours locating the family members, learning where they operate and who they talk to. After our agents brought a case to the National Bureau of Investigation in the Philippines, a rescue operation was put in motion to rescue the girls and arrest the perpetrators.

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