Child Rescue Association is taking a novel approach to combating child slavery by turning to Indiegogo to crowdfund $30,000 for an undercover rescue mission. The organization is collaborating with a partner in Latin America to dismantle a child sex trafficking ring and bring the children in it to safety.
Child Rescue Association co-founder Stephanie Larsen, whose mother was a fourth-generation trafficking victim, and a team of volunteers are now crowdfunding the costs of undercover agents, travel and equipment for the sting, which will be conducted in partnership with local law enforcement, and survivor aftercare.
“The boots-on-the-ground team has already been offered children as young as ten-years-old,” said Larsen. “Through this crowdfunding campaign, our backers will be directly involved in changing lives, in giving children back the childhoods that were stolen from them, and spreading awareness for the 2,000,000 child trafficking victims each year. This is one of the most important social issues our world faces.”
Any donations in excess of the $30,000 target will be applied to additional living expenses and aftercare for survivors, and future rescue missions.
The campaign offers backers the option to donate directly, as low as five dollars. A variety of “perks” include a handwritten “Thank You” from a trafficking survivor, a personal debrief of the rescue mission by one of the operational team members, and an Escape and Evasion class that has been donated by a group of Special Forces Combat Veterans. The campaign also offers “the opportunity to change a life,” with a contribution of $1,800, which singlehandedly covers the cost of rescuing one child.
The campaign will run through December 18th.
Child Rescue Association is a 501c3 non-profit founded in 2010 to eradicate child exploitation through undercover rescue missions, providing survivor aftercare, youth prevention programs, and training programs through partnerships with law enforcement.
Campaign URL: http://igg.me/at/childrescue
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