About Free the Captives
Free the Captives is a theocentric anti-human trafficking 501(c)(3) non-profit, evangelical and interdenominational in nature. Being theocentric is being God centered or God focused while being anthropocentric means that man is the central focus. And while human trafficking, by definition is anthropocentric because actual people are being trafficked, we are committed to being focused and oriented on God. Therefore, our focus is not about what man can do to fight the injustice of trafficking, rather our focus is on what God is doing and then seeking prayerfully about how we can be a part of His plan. Free the Captives' Statement of Faith can be found here.
Sex Trafficking in Houston
Houston is a hub for both international and domestic sex trafficking. International human trafficking is prevalent in Houston because this city is located near the border, has a port, an international airport, and is ethnically diverse. International women and girls are being trafficked in Houston's massage parlors and cantinas.
Additionally, Houston has a significant problem with the sex trafficking of American minors, which is Free the Captives' predominant focus. Typically, these minors are teenaged girls, but there are also boys being trafficked in Houston as well. The children most at risk for trafficking are runaways, throwaways, and homeless. The girls that we work with typically come from a background that includes sexual abuse, broken homes, low self-esteem, fatherlessness, and juvenile delinquency. These factors make them greatly vulnerable to sex traffickers. American girls are being sold over the Internet and trafficked through local Houston motels or private residences.
FOUNDATIONAL VERSES FOR FREE THE CAPTIVES
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
1 Praise the LORD.
2 I will praise the LORD all my life;
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
6 the Maker of heaven and earth,
7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed
8 the LORD gives sight to the blind,
9 The LORD watches over the alien
10 The LORD reigns forever,
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.