100,000 Minors sold in commercial sex trade in the usa

It’s Not Just Someplace Else…
It’s Right Here!

Over the past two years, our hearts have been broken time and time again as we researched the horrors behind this desperate need. This topic is not often discussed in polite company, but the Lord has clearly called us to the front lines.

Straight Street is working with area ministries and agencies to provide community awareness and support for victims. The services and support will assist those in the Roanoke Valley and across the state of Virginia.

This new arm of ministry is called . The need and our response is so specialized, we felt it was best to create a separate ministry identity.

Through much prayer, the name was chosen. The hope for these victims is in Christ; HE is their RANSOM. Our verse for the ministry is Matthew 20:28, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

We are grateful for the guidance, information and support from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The training that Straight Street is receiving is from Wellspring Living, a ministry in Georgia that has served victims for over a decade. Wellspring Living is providing the training and the direction needed to open and operate a shelter for human trafficking victims.

We need your partnership as we pray, plan and continue to develop .

Sara's Story

Cold Hard Facts

The average age of entry into prostitution in the United States is 13 to 14 years old. (Sara Ann Friedman for ECPTA-USA, “Who is There to Help US?” - 2005)

Nationwide, there are fewer than thirty safe homes for victims of sex trafficking. (Streetlight Tuscon, 2012)

Sexual exploitation makes up 79% of identified forms of human trafficking, including prostitution, forced stripping, massage services, and pornography. (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking, 2009)

88% of these victims are women and children. (UN Office on Drugs and Crime, 2009) Estimates suggest that as many as 300,000 children annually are at risk of commercial exploitation. (Richard Estes and Neil Weiner for the University if Pennsylvania, 2001)

At least 15,000 people are trafficked into the US annually (US State Dept, Trafficking in Persons Report, 2010)

Definition of Ransom:
to free from captivity
or punishment by paying a price

Related to RANSOM
Synonyms: redeem

Matthew 20:28 “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

Sex trafficking involves the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, or obtaining a person for a commercial sex act through use of force, fraud, or coercion (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).

Every year, thousands of women and children fall into the hands of traffickers in their own countries and abroad. Every country in the world is implicated by this injustice, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination.

Governments estimate there are 27 million slaves being held worldwide—more than at any point in human history (U.S. State Department, March 2012).

Get Involved

Pray: for victims to be rescued and restored in Jesus Christ.
Pray: for pimps and johns to be convicted of their sin and repent.
Pray: for law enforcement to locate victims, arrest perpetrators.
Pray: for Street Ransom to provide services to victims and educational services to the community.

Want to get involved? Host a movie night with your church/Bible study to bring awareness to this issue Ask your church to keep Street Ransom on your weekly prayer list.
Help fund the outreach and future shelter/services for victims.
For more ideas, contact Street Ransom at info@streetransom.com

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