What Exactly Is a Rescue?


From Chris Morris:

If you are new to this community, you may not know much about the human trafficking imagery. The best way to bring you up to speed is with a few infographics.

Here are some figures about the volume and revenues associated with human trafficking worldwide:



The following image includes data about slavery in the US.


A Word about “Rescue” from the Exodus Road

In the counter-trafficking world, there are varying understandings of the term “Rescue” and how it is used to describe an activity a nonprofit is undertaking. While the term is ambiguous at best, we wanted to briefly define what we mean when we use it in our organization.

When we at The Exodus Road say “Rescue,” we do not mean offering a prostitute a job, preemptively saving a girl from a possible trafficking situation, or saving a child from poverty, lack of education, or a risky future.

These are all noble and important tasks that many are doing well. And we applaud and support their good work, absolutely, because it is necessary to this fight for freedom. (Truly, the modern day slave needs all of us committing to finding solutions to their injustice from a myriad of varying angles.)

However, when we at The Exodus Road talk about “Rescue,” we are referring to the removal of a person from either:

  • an actual trafficking situation (ex. raid with police of a locked brothel) or
  • sexual abuse to an underage victim (ex. pedophile abuse).

The “rescues” we support involve situations where the victims are being sexually exploited and do not have the power to leave on their own accord, whether by force, threat, violence, coercion, debt, etc.

As per UN guidelines and definitions, any girl or boy under the age of 18 engaged (even “willingly”) in prostitution is technically a trafficked victim since the international community deems a minor not old enough to make the choice to sell themselves for sex.

(Source: The Exodus Road: About https://www.theexodusroad.com/about-us/)

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Chris Morris says:

    Thanks so much for sharing my post. It’s almost shocking to see how prevalent human trafficking is, and I would love to see as many people as possible get involved with The Exodus Road or any other organization bringing freedom.

    1. Abigail Snyder says:

      Yes, I agree. I had been blogging regularly for the Exodus Road until I moved to Tanzania, but have not done anything consistently since then. However, once I have settled more fully into this new culture and language, I may resume posting. Thank you for writing and sharing.

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