As women, we value the opportunity we have to work, go to school, start a family and raise our kids. For girls and women swept up in human trafficking, those experiences seem forever out of reach.
Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings, mainly for the purposes of forced labor and sex trafficking. As the world’s fastest growing criminal industry, it affects every nation across the globe, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe. Men, women, and children are being exploited for manual and sexual labor against their will.
Human traffickers find opportunity and power in vulnerability and poverty. South Dakota, with four of the poorest counties in the country is at risk.
To give victims a voice and HOPE, Call to Freedom began and is the first anti-human trafficking group founded in South Dakota. Call to Freedom provides support services and works with partners in our community to navigate a healthy path for victims.
As women answer the Call to Freedom they can get a new start on life and be productive and enjoy things again, having a safe place to pursue healing and navigate self-sufficiency.
When women are found and come into the program, they have been on the run and have left their possessions behind. As they arrive with nothing at all, Call to Freedom starts with the basics.
During March, Life 96.5 invites you to come alongside Call to Freedom as they rescue and help women. By providing a bag of instantly helpful items, necessities really, women are immediately shown love and support as they begin to transition out of the lifestyle of exploitation and abuse.
Would you consider putting together a Freedom Bag during March?
It would include items like this (all NEW and in the same size range of S, M, L, etc.):
- Long, stretchy yoga-type pants
- Light jacket (optional)
- A pair of underwear, socks, and an inexpensive sports-type bra
Full-size shampoo, conditioner, hair styling products, deodorant, toothpaste/toothbrush, body lotion, shaver, hair ponies, comb/pick, lip balm, and a wallet (perhaps including a gift card to purchase other necessities).
The items can be placed in a bag with shoulder straps (see images in this post) and brought to:
- Life 96.5 studios (6300 S. Tallgrass Ave. Sioux Falls)
- Vern Eide Motorcars locations in Sioux Falls, Mitchell, and Sioux City (drop off donations at the main entrance reception desk)
- Oh My Cupcakes! 5015 S. Western Ave., Suite 290, Sioux Falls
- Call To Freedom offices
- Remedy Drive Concert, Saturday, March 24, Central Baptist Church, Sioux Falls, 7 pm (Night To Celebrate Survivors, a free event)
In an in-studio interview Brad Peterson of Life 96.5 talks with Becky Rasmussen of Call To Freedom and to Abby who has been rescued.