February 2023 Newsletter

Human trafficking is a global issue that affects millions of people each year. In the United States alone, an estimated 25 million people are trafficked for forced labor or sexual exploitation. Arizona has become a hot spot for human trafficking due to its proximity tothe US-Mexico border and its large immigrant population. One of the current trends in human trafficking is the increased use of technology by traffickers to recruit and exploit victims. Social media platforms, dating apps, and other online forums are commonly used to lure victims into dangerous situations. Traffickers also use technology to monitor and control their victims, making it harder for them to escape.

Another trend is the targeting of vulnerable populations, such as runaway and homeless youth, foster care children and undocumented immigrants. These individuals are often in desperate situations and are more susceptible to being trafficked. Traffickers prey on their vulnerabilities and offer false promises of a better life, only to trap them in a cycle of abuse and exploitation.

Overall, human trafficking remains a significant issue in Arizona and across the United States. It is important for individuals and communities to be aware of the signs of human trafficking and to report any suspicions to law enforcement or anti-trafficking organizations. By working together, we can help end this heinous crime and provide support for survivors.

An organization that we support that provides the care needed for survivors is Rancho Milagro. Rancho Milagro is a non-profit organization that provides a sanctuary for survivors of human trafficking. Their mission is to provide a safe and healing environment for women and children who have been victimized by this heinous crime. The ranch offers a range of services to survivors, including trauma-informed counseling, life skills training, and educational programs. Rancho Milagro understands that each survivor’s journey to recovery is unique and strives to meet individual’s needs with care and compassion. They
offer a pathway to healing and empowerment, helping survivors move forward from their past and build a bright future. Every horse that Freedom Warriors sponsors provides equine therapy for five people. Our goal for 2023 is to have 20 horses working for Freedom Warriors.