Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions:

Q: What is Human Trafficking?
A: Human Trafficking is defined by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as "the recruitment, transport, transfer, harboring or receipt of a person by such means as threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud or deception for the purpose of exploitation."

Q: What is Rescue Her?
A: Rescue Her is a non-profit organization that helps raise awareness and funds to fight human trafficking, the term used for modern-day slavery.Thereis an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today. We cannot just sit idly by and do nothing. Rescue Her exists to give individuals an opportunity to take a stand and fight against injustice. 

Q: When was Rescue Her founded? 
A: Rescue Her was founded in 2009 by Josie Carignan.

Q: Is trafficking a problem in the United States or only in other nations?
A: Human trafficking is definitely a problem in the United States. An estimated 100,000 American children are being exploited in the commercial sex industry annually and approximately 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States each year. There are an estimated 5,000 brothels disguised as massage parlors in the U.S.

Q: Where does Texas rank in the U.S. in regards to trafficking of persons?
A: 20% of all human trafficking in the U.S.comes through Texas at some point. National human trafficking hotlines receive more calls from Texas than any other state in the U.S. and 15% of those calls are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Q: What is the most common form of human trafficking?
A: According to the UNODC's Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, sexual exploitation was noted as by far the most commonly identified form of human trafficking (79%) followed by forced labor (18%).

Q: Who are the victims of human trafficking?
A: Victims of trafficking can be any age and any gender. However, a disproportionate number of women are involved in human trafficking both as victims and as perpetrators. The large majority of these victims are forced into the commercial sex trade.

Q: Where do my donations to Rescue Her go?
A: The majority of funds raised and donated to Rescue Her go towards our projects both locally and internationally. For more information on our projects and where the funds go, click here.


*Sources: Polaris Project; UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Trafficking in Persons: Global Patterns: April 2006; Initiative against Sexual Trafficking; National Coalition Against Domestic Violence ; U.S. Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Report: 2007; UN.Gift; United Nations; Kevin Bales of Free the Slaves; International Labor Organization; United States, Department of State; UNICEF; U.S Department of Justice Report to Congress from Attorney General John Ashcroft on U.S. Government Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons; Source: U.S. Department of State, The Facts About Child Sex Tourism: 2005.

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