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.):

  • T-shirt-
  • 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:

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.

Becky and Abby Freedom Bags

15 Responses to "Call To Freedom! Life 96.5 March Hands and Feet"

  • Brenda Bird says:

    Thank you for giving a voice to the people impacted by human trafficking. And thank you for allowing those of us who want to help but don’t know what to do to have the opportunity to do something helpful!

    1. lbanik says:

      You are so welcome Brenda! We hope that this does exactly that, let’s us all help in a simple way when we don’t know how else to help. πŸ™‚ Thank you for being willing! Blessings, Lauren

  • Rachel Leiting says:

    I just dropped my bag off at Oh My Cupcakes and it was the first one. I know it is feeling lonely. It needs others to bring it some company! I felt such joy shopping for the items. I used my favorite Victoria Secret bag to fill. It is a beautiful bag going to a beautiful woman!!

    1. lbanik says:

      Oh so sweet Rachel, thank YOU!! Yes, let’s bring that bag a friend πŸ™‚ Lauren

  • Kathy and Jenny says:

    Myself and a friend just got a pretty bag and the items to fill it today! We will be putting it together along with a card of encouragement! Can’t imagine what she has been through! Such an awesome thing to remind our lady friend of how much she is loved and that she is a daughter of the King! β™₯️β™₯️

    1. lbanik says:

      Love this ladies!! Thank YOU!

  • Beth Jacobs says:

    This is awesome. I heard the interiewer seemed surprised that human trafficking happens in South Dakota. Human Trafficking happens EVERYWHERE! The internet helps traffickers reach every small corner of the world. As we say “It doesn’t happen here”, we open a door for traffickers to prey on our women & children. By doing this we are inviting them and telling them we won’t look for you in our community, you are free to exploit us…… It can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

  • Marilynn says:

    May we include a devotional?

    1. lbanik says:

      Yes, please!! Great idea Marilynn πŸ™‚

      Thank YOU!

  • Brittani Dyce says:

    If I were to get a group of people together, would this still be going on after march!?

    1. lbanik says:

      Yes Brittani! They could use freedom bags all year long as they continue to help rescue women πŸ™‚ Once you get them put together, feel free to drop them off at the Call to Freedom office.
      Thank you for getting involved and making a difference!

  • Terri says:

    Is there a need for little boys’ freedom bags?

    1. lbanik says:

      Good question Terri…if you wouldn’t mind giving Call to Freedom a call at (605) 221-4857, they’d be able to tell you πŸ™‚

      Thank you!

  • Lori says:

    My daughter and I got a bag put together and wondered if we can still drop it off at your studio. We don’t make it to Sioux Falls very often, but might make it this weekend so wanted to check. Thanks so much for giving us an opportunity to help!

    1. lbanik says:

      HI Lori!! I’m so sorry I didn’t see this until this morning! First, thank YOU and your daughter for putting together a Freedom Bag! Second, whenever you do make it to SF, please know that you can always swing by our studios and drop it off πŸ™‚

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