Stories

September 3, 2014
How Does Clean Water Help Prevent Human Trafficking?

I was nine or ten years old when I came across the word “prostitute” in a joke book and asked my mom what it meant. I don’t recall what her answer was, although I know she gave me some explanation.   From there I formed some primitive understanding of what a prostitute was, and I could not...

September 1, 2014
The Face of Human Trafficking in El Salvador

    Who is buying young girls in El Salvador? Businessmen, radio announcers, and television personalities. As of now, these clients remain faceless and nameless.   This blog originally appeared on

August 28, 2014
Talking to Kids about Human Trafficking

I choose not to shield my son from the horrible things, because the horrible things need people like him to help fix them. There are a lot of moments in a child’s life that make their parents stop and think. I had one of these the other day. Recently I began to volunteering for Free The...

June 28, 2014
Take the Pledge and Show Your Support

Hundreds of people have volunteered with Free The Girls since 2010. Whether you had a bra drive, host a drop-off location at your business, donated time/talents, or served as volunteer at one of our Colorado events, we can’t begin to thank each of your for your service and commitment to helping survivors of sex trafficking in...

June 20, 2014
June 2014 Celebrating Freedom Newsletter

Inside This Issue Free The Girls Partners with Mission To El Salvador FAWCO Matching Funds Challenge Ends June 30  Meet FTG Inventory Manager Pam Gumns BRAlapalooza 2014   Free The Girls Partners with Mission To El Salvador The billboard sign...

June 19, 2014
Providing Job Opportunities to Survivors in El Salvador

The billboard sign in San Salvador reads, “La trata de mujeres es un delito. Levantemos nuestra voz.” which translates as, “Trafficking in women is a crime. Lift up our voice.” This is a significant step for a country in which, only a year ago, the topic of human trafficking was virtually absent from the...

June 13, 2014
Visiting Mozambique: A Mom’s Story

The time was the 2006-2007 school year. I lived in Denver, CO with my sister and brother-in-law, Amy and Dave Terpstra. They often discussed the idea of being missionaries in Mozambique, Africa. I asked them, what do you really want to do there? My sister’s response was simple, she wanted to work with...

April 9, 2014
The Bra Voyage

THE BRA VOYAGE: from your lingerie drawer to employing a survivor of trafficking Free The Girls collects bras to help provide job opportunities to women rescued from sex trafficking in developing countries. But, do you really know what happens to your bra after you donate it to Free The Girls? The process of...

January 15, 2014
Taking Advantage

In the past several years, as I have had the opportunity to spend time with dozens of survivors of sex trafficking in a number of countries, I’ve heard story upon story of how these women were taken advantage of. False promises. Underage girls. Deceitful relatives. Fake friends. Bad business dealings. It is tragic to hear...

January 15, 2014
Improving The Lives Of Women & Girls

Every day, my job allows me to meet amazing people who are interested in the mission of Free The Girls. If I talk to someone long enough, the same question always comes up in some form; everyone wants to know, “How did you get involved with Free The Girls?” In the fall of 2010, human trafficking, particularly sex...