How Destiny Rescue fights Fort Wayne's juvenile sex trafficking

Fort Wayne's anti-trafficking authorities explain local and global risk of child exploitation.

Posted: Dec 2, 2019 6:17 PM
Updated: Dec 3, 2019 12:01 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Sex trafficking alone remains a touchy subject, but victims of juvenile trafficking continue to face the harsh, dark reality if action isn't taken.

Destiny Rescue, a local organization that rescues children from sex trafficking and exploitation, serves to change those realities.

Both on a local and global scale.

Destiny Rescue's Chief Development Officer, Jason Tash, says "we all need to learn how to be a better neighbor...across the street and around the world" when referring to the public's help in recovering children in the sex trade--most of them young women.

Tash suggests "knowing your local resources and police department if moving to a new place...and informing your loved one about where you are traveling."

Sofia Rosales-Scatena with the Fort Wayne Police Department urges young women to "be mindful" when attending larger scale events like sports competitions or concerts, saying they often have "the highest concentration of traffickers."

Though prevention is most encouraged, (education, awareness, and specialized programs) hope still remains for victims if people take action, whether by providing information on the missing victim or potential signs of someone being trafficked.

Destiny Rescue's Chief Executive Officer, Kirk Falconer, says "survivors do find rewarding work in place of what they were subject to before."

If you suspect someone is being sexually exploited, call the National Anti-Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888 or contact Destiny Rescue at (320) 337-8469 via call or text.

Destiny Rescue can also be reached at (260-444-2407 or on their website.

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