The Salvation Army is deeply committed to the modern-day fight against human trafficking (for sexual, labor and any other purpose) and forms of commercial sexual exploitation innately linked to sexual trafficking.
This commitment emerges from The Salvation Army’s mission – to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination – and is rooted in the organization’s early history.
The Salvation Army would like to move beyond awareness and advocacy alone, to craft models for actual intervention programs such as “Stiletto 2 Sneakers” & “Outreach to Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation” for prostituted persons here in the Central Oklahoma Metropolitan Area.
The Salvation Army Corps is serving as host building for the new Outreach to Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation. The first meeting was held on January 13, 2012 and began with an orientation to help educate everyone on the sub-culture of human trafficking. The Salvation Army is partnering with multiple organizations and “No Boundaries International”.
The Salvation Army is providing an opportunity to build a relationship with ‘prostituted persons’ who are frequently victims of human trafficking.
There are mothers and grandmothers walking the streets whose children need to be provided for with food assistance. Medical care is available through “No Boundaries.”
Statistics shows one-half of the victims of human trafficking are children ages 10-13. The Salvation Army is on the streets once a month with the canteen providing coffee and hot chocolate, spiritual and guidance counseling and support. The Salvation Army is a member of the task force for the State of Oklahoma.