Materials for you to inform and empower yourself and your community to raise awareness.
Check out the following recommended organizations, movies, and books on human trafficking.
Organizations and Advocacy:
Book: Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking
In his book Raleigh Sadler, president and founder of Let My People Go, makes the case that anyone can fight human trafficking by focusing on those who are most often targeted. This book invites the reader to understand their role in the problem of human trafficking, but more importantly, their role in the solution.
Documentary: Nefarious: Merchant of Souls
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls is a documentary about modern human trafficking and sexual slavery. Wings of Refuge was birthed out of Joy's heart being broken to the suffering of sex trafficking while watching this particular movie.
Book: In Pursuit of Love: One Woman's Journey from Trafficked to Triumphant by Rebecca Bender
Through her own gripping story of escape from human trafficking, Rebecca Bender teaches us what trafficking in America looks like - and what we can do about it - as she reveals the light of God in even the darkest places.
Movie: The Pink Room
The Pink Room follows the journey of a young Cambodian girl and other young girls in the turbulent world of sex slavery that at times seems unfathomable. She and others are held captive and sexually tortured 12 hours a day. It is a story of redemption and ordinary people who become unlikely heroes.
Movie: Girl Rising
Travel the globe to meet nine unforgettable girls- striving beyond circumstance, push past limits. Their dreams, their voices, their incredible stories are captured in a film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.
Documentary: Sex + Money: A National Search for Human Worth
The shocking reality of domestic minor sex trafficking in the United States and the rising movement of advocates fighting to abolish it.
Documentary: In Plain Sight
This film seeks to raise awareness of the thousands of women and children who are forced, coerced, or deceived into the commercial sex trade each year in the United States.
Movie: Caged No More
Inspired by real events, CAGED NO MORE is the story of a grandmother on a desperate search to find her two granddaughters, Skye and Elle, who have been kidnapped by their sinister father. This book and movie were written by Molly Venzke who was a speaker at Beautiful You: A Wings of Refuge Event in 2018.
Book: The White Umbrella by Mary Frances Bowley
The White Umbrella tells stories of survivors as well as those who came alongside to help them to recovery. It describes the pain and the strength of these young women and those who held the “white umbrella” of protection and purity over them on the road to restoration.
Book: Renting Lacy by Linda Smith
Forced into a life they never chose, manipulated, abused and tortured at the hands of the pimps who control them, our country's children are sold on the streets, on the internet and at truck stops across America every night. Let it compel you to action.
Book: The Girl Before by Rena Olsen
Written by a local author in Des Moines, IA this powerful psychological suspense debuts, when a woman’s life is shattered and she is faced with a devastating question: What if everything she thought was normal and good and true...wasn’t?
Book: God In A Brothel by Daniel Walker
True story of an undercover investigator's experiences with the multi-billion-dollar global sex industry. It is a story of triumph for the children and young teens released from a life of slavery and the rescuer who freed many hundreds of victims leading to the prosecution of dozens of perpetrators.
Book: SOLD by Patricia McCormick
The story of a girl from Nepal who is sold into sexual slavery in India. Lakshmi's life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. The day comes when she must make a decision - will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life?
Book: Dancing For the Devil by Anny Donewald
An explosive memoir of transformation from a high-end stripper and escort who hit rock-bottom, turned to God, and left the sex trade to found Eve's Angels, a ministry reaching out to women in the sex industry.
Book: The Slave Next Door by Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter
In The Slave Next Door, we find that slaves are all around us, hidden in plain sight. This book is also a call to action, telling what we, as private citizens, can do to finally bring an end to this horrific crime.
Book: Walking Prey by Holly Austin Smith
Today, two cultural forces are converging to make America's youth easy targets for sex traffickers. Younger and younger girls are engaging in adult sexual attitudes and practices, and the pressure to conform means thousands have little self-worth and are vulnerable to exploitation.