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RISE | Recovering Individuals from Sexual Exploitation

Human trafficking, which includes labor and sex trafficking, generates $32 billion a year in annual revenue for those engaged in this deplorable crime. It is frequently referred to as modern-day slavery. Slavery is an apt analogy that shocks and challenges our senses. Americans, in particular, are moved by this comparison. To us, slavery is a sordid, permanent stain on our national heritage, but nevertheless it is an evil most believe we conquered and relegated to the history books; however, news media accounts, on-the-ground intelligence from nongovernmental organizations, and reports from agencies such as the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the FBI, create a different picture. They reveal the inescapable truth that human trafficking is one of the principle means by which slavery survives and it does not just exist on foreign shores. In fact, Toledo, Ohio is ranked as the fourth highest city for sex trafficking arrests and convictions in the country. Considering the size of Toledo (286,038) as opposed to the top three cities (Miami – 2,591,035, Portland, OR – 593,820, and Las Vegas – 589,317), it is an epidemic that is threatening to cripple the community.

Recovering Individuals from Sexual Exploitation (RISE) offers comprehensive case management services to those involved in or at risk for sex trafficking or street based prostitution, peer support and advocacy through the work of both paid and volunteer sex trafficking survivors, and collaborates with community partners such as the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition, the Human Trafficking Core Cluster, the FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Force, and Advocating Opportunity to consistently and effectively respond to the needs of victims of human trafficking and/or street based prostitution. Our goal is to successfully move individuals through the continuum of care to become survivors and thrivers.

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