16 Children Rescued from Super Bowl Human Trafficking Activities

16 Children Rescued from Super Bowl Human Trafficking Activities

It is alway great news when we can offer positive information about the battle we are fighting with human trafficking. In this news article by USA Today, a total of 70 women; 54 adults and 16 children, were rescued from human trafficking activities in and around the Super Bowl area.

With each victory we praise our God, not only for the lives of the victims, but also for the increased awareness it brings to our country of this horrible crime. Please continue to pray and join with us to offer hope to these victims.

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Austin man arrested on National Human Trafficking day

Austin man arrested on National Human Trafficking day

Today is National Human Trafficking day. Please remember to pray for the victims as well as the perpetrators. We also want to point out the need to reach and protect potential victims; runaways, foster children, and troubled teens are the highest “at risk” group in our society. Please pray for real solutions to this major problem in our country.

The problem of human trafficking in the U.S. is real. This article and news clip from ABC Austin identifies yet another conviction of a man trafficking children.

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Donations from Victoria’s Secret Employees

Donations from Victoria’s Secret Employees

We want to thank all the employees from Victoria’s Secret in the Willowbrook Mall who donated so many nice clothes to the girls. Home of Hope is continually blessed by thoughtful and generous people like you! May God bless you richly for your willingness to care about others in need.

Freedom Friday

Freedom Friday

Welcome again to Freedom Friday.

The Christmas presents have all been opened, the family dinners and parties are almost done. We have only a few more days until we begin a new year, but before we wrap up the Holiday Season for another year, I would like to remind you of the purpose of Christmas, LOVE. Although we can all quote John 3:16, the words “for God so loved” is the whole reason that we have a savior. The bookends of the bible are love, and all throughout God’s message to us we see it as well. So as you pack away the decorations, say goodbye’s to family and friends, and head off into a new year; take some time to receive of God’s love for you and then make sure you give some away.

If you haven’t seen our new website, we would love for you to take a few minutes to check it out. Be sure to watch our new vision video as well on the home page.

New Website Design for Home of Hope

New Website Design for Home of Hope

 We Have a Brand New Look!

Brand New for a New Year

We have just launched our brand new website design for Home of Hope. The new look has improved navigation, a new vision video, and a fresh, clean look.

Please take a few minutes to check it out.

2013 GHA Golf Benefit Results

Here are a few highlights of our recent golf benefit. We had perfect weather and over 90 golfers showed up to play. A special thanks goes out to our two Pro’s, Jeff Maggert and Bobby Wilson for making the day a very special event for all. The day started out with registration, breakfast, and a driving clinic by Bobby Wilson. The teams kicked off around 10:30 and each team was able to meet the Pro’s out on the course as well as take a shot at the Hole-In_One car provided by Community Toyota. Other points of interest were the closets to pin and longest drive competitions, raffle prizes, and a silent auction with sports memorabilia provided by Diamonds in the Rough.Here are the winner results of the tournament and the raffle:
 
Longest Drive – Jackie Lindsey
Closest to Pin – Garett Hagendorf
3rd Net: Scott Rimato, Jason White, Michael Adams
2nd Net: Jim Wadzinski, Jim McCausey, Kris Emerson, Scott Emerson
1st Net: Arthur Doyle, Larry Sandoval, Eric Donaldson, Rick Yandle
1st Gross: David Lindsey, Zach Almandoz, Jackie Lindsey, John Ray
Raffle Drawing:
Golf Cart – Becky Johnson
42″ Television – Chuck Pyle
$100.00 Gift Card – Dr. Steven Novicky

100+ Teenagers Found After Sex Trafficking Raid

More than 100 teenagers — many of them children from broken homes — were rescued over the weekend in a sex-trafficking crackdown that swept more than 70 cities, the FBI said Monday. The youngest victim was 13 years old, the agency said.

The sting resulted in the arrest of 159 “pimps” from San Francisco to Miami who were involved in the commercial exploitation of both adults and children, said Ronald Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s criminal investigative division.

It was the FBI’s largest action to date focusing on the recovery of sexually exploited children, and took law enforcement agencies to streets, motels, casinos and social media platforms, Hosko said. He said he hoped it would focus attention on sex trafficking, “this threat that robs us of our children.”

The pimps preyed in particular on troubled children, authorities said. In some of the cases, they used a popular online classified site, Backpage, to sell the children for sex, authorities said.

“From a parent’s point of view, from a law enforcement professional’s point of view, it would be enough to look through the eyes of these children and think or say, ‘Nobody cares about me,’” Hosko said.

The victims are overwhelmingly girls, and the pimps sometimes entice them with compliments or asking whether they want to make some money. The girls become trapped in a cycle that can involve drugs, physical abuse, even torture, Hosko said.

The sweep was the seventh iteration of Operation Cross Country, part of a partnership begun a decade ago by federal authorities and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to address child prostitution.

The sting, over three days beginning Friday, demonstrate “how many of America’s children are being sold for sex every day, many on the Internet,” said John Ryan, the center’s president and CEO.

Criminal charges against the 159 will include human trafficking, authorities said.

An estimated 240,000 children in the United States are considered at risk of sexual exploitation.

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