Heartbreakingly, human trafficking/sex trafficking is still a very present evil in our world today. Thankfully, there are people out there going above and beyond to bring this menace to a stop.
Saved in America (SIAM) is a unit of volunteers that includes police investigators, teams of retired Navy Seals, and other experts dedicated to ending human trafficking. SIAM was co-founded by private investigator, Joseph Travers.
Travers was inspired to start SIAM after learning of the abduction and murder of Brittanee Drexel in 2009. Explaining how his team works, Travers said, “Most of the parents are in a panic stage, and they’re waiting for something to happen. So now the family is at a standstill. They have to go find their child on their own, and most people don’t know how to do that, so we fill that gap.”
In 2016, the noble group was hired by parents whose daughter and her friend had been kidnapped while riding her bike. Less than a week later, the team managed to rescue the girl from a band of criminals determined to sell her into slavery.
As of January 2018, SIAM boasted a 100% success rate, having rescued all 58 people they had gone out to rescue.
Since December 2014, the team has saved 223 children, 60% of who were rescued before they had been trafficked.
Aside from rescuing those in dire need from human traffickers, SIAM also helps establish legal representation for those who have been exploited before being rescued, as well as safe housing and rehabilitation where it’s needed.
“It is partnerships such as this that play a significant role in law enforcement today, not only from a public safety standpoint but also as an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those who have been victimized,” Mike Williams, a member of SIAM and a sheriff from Duval County, Florida said.
According to reports, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received 8.2 million reports in 2016 alone. The National Human Trafficking Hotline also fielded 7,621 cases that same year.
We think SIAM is truly a team of selfless real-life heroes.
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