The Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado is hosting their 10th Annual Human Trafficking Symposium Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at the Kathryn Mohrman Theater, Colorado College at 14 E. Cache La Poudre St. The symposium is free! For more information and to register go to
Human Trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the United States. Approximately 80% of human trafficking involves sexual exploitation, while 19-20% involves labor exploitation. In the US, 72% of all cases are US citizens. Middle school and high school students are the most vulnerable targets for sex trafficking. The average age of victims entering sex trafficking is 13. Human Trafficking, sex trafficking in particular, is very lucrative for gangs, who have realized you can sell a drug once, you can sell a gun once, but a human can be sold over and over again. Sexual exploitation of children is happening in every community in America. In Colorado, the numbers are rising which is consistent with national trends. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, in 2016, Colorado had 120 reported cases, up from 77 in 2015 and 67 in 2014 (https://humantraffickinghotline.org/states) . These are disturbing trends. 1 in 6 of runaways reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in 2016 were likely victims of sex trafficking. www.missingkids.com
In an effort to combat Human Trafficking, Calvary Worship Center of Colorado Springs launched the Unveiled ministry in 2015; a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase awareness/public education, support law enforcement agencies and local recovery/support organizations. As part of this mission we provide “Unveiled Bags” to law enforcement agencies (e.g. Colorado Springs Police Department’s Human Trafficking division as well as the FBI). These bags include personal hygiene items and a change of clothes for victims rescued from sex trafficking. Each bag costs Unveiled a minimum of $100 dollars, plus shipping. Our first year we provided 70 bags to local law enforcement. In just the first 4 months of 2017 we have already provided 154 bags. In fact 94 bags were recently provided to the FBI for their annual national effort to rescue those trapped in human trafficking. We are also providing miscellaneous items to help in after-care for survivors.