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Updated: Nov 23

In this fight against human-trafficking, we have to combat this evil from all sides. We know that we have to be on the lookout for trafficking situations all the time. Awareness is so important. We saw this power first-hand after reporting a trafficking situation in Eastern Europe. Our report put authorities on the trail of a major trafficking ring. Within a few months, 24 traffickers were arrested. 

We have to know how trafficking operates in order to recognize a dangerous situation. Today, I want to tell you about the single-most common method for enslaving Romanian women. It’s called the “Loverboy Method.”  This pernicious scheme starts when a trafficker targets a young, low-income woman. He showers her with attention and affection. He asks her out. For a small while, he spares no expense to treat her like a queen. It’s all part of a plot to win her trust.  Once the trafficker and the victim are romantically involved, he will invite her on a getaway trip. Sometimes he will ask her to move away with him for “a better life.” Since the woman is usually in love at this point, she often goes with him happily.  When they’re out of the country, the trafficker strikes. Often, he will confiscate her passport and documents before taking her phone. He then passes this precious woman off to another trafficker. At this point, the woman has been enslaved until partners like ours across Europe can rescue her and bring her to a place like the first Sanctuary.  It’s terrifying to think of the scale of this deception. Every year, 250,000 people are trafficked into Europe alone. At least 77% of the survivors we encounter in Europe are from Romania. When we hear their stories, we hear about traffickers using the Loverboy Method over and over again.  We are fighting this evil. Already, we have formed strategic partnerships across Europe and locally near the first Sanctuary. We are part of a coalition of 60 anti-trafficking organizations. Together, we’re developing international strategies to stamp out the Loverboy Method.  Near the first Sanctuary, the local government has asked us to conduct prevention seminars. They will train local parents, educators, law enforcement, and students in how to recognize and avoid traffickers. It’s one more way that unlocking the first Sanctuary will secure freedom for hundreds, even thousands of survivors! Let’s keep fighting to end trafficking and unlock transformation for survivors. We hold the keys to freedom! Warmly, Kim Westfall


Last week in the USA, we piloted our trauma-informed retreat for survivors. We partnered with two local agencies to bring 9 trafficking survivors for an intensive week of trauma therapy.


Seeing these survivors’ smiles and breakthroughs over the week was truly rapturous. It all started when we welcomed the survivors. They each received personalized journals, gift bags, and even gourmet cookies. Their reactions showed that many of the survivors had never been treated with such care. One simply stared and said, "I feel so loved."


During the retreat, they began to heal through animal-assisted therapy, art therapy, individual therapy. More than anything, it was beautiful to see survivors experience transformational love. We saw powerful breakthroughs and tears.


We are more convinced than ever that our program at the Sanctuary is going to transform hundreds, even thousands of lives in ways we can scarcely imagine. The land in Romania is nearly secured, we have already paid for 80% of the property. We are ready to welcome survivors as soon as Covid-related travel bans lift.


Even as we yearn to open the Sanctuary, we’re celebrating the transformation that is already happening across the globe! While we were running our retreat stateside, 15 survivors were graduating from our current program in Romania. This week, they are starting their new lives with jobs and community support. Join us in blessing this new chapter for them!


The door to freedom is swinging wide for survivors. Next, we will unlock the land to the first Sanctuary!


When you support organizations like Uncaged, you are directly helping to end the horrors of sex trafficking. One of the most powerful ways to keep survivors free is to give them optimal care after rescue. This means assembling a team of expert specialists who can journey with survivors.


It takes an exceptional freedom fighter (like you!) to see this large vision and commit to it. It’s why we’re so grateful for people like our donor, “Lee Davidson.” We want to highlight his enormous impact for restoration today as an example of how powerful one person can be in the fight against trafficking.


Lee grew up in a joyful house. Even as a kid, his parents’ deep generosity touched him. “Whenever they got an extra bonus or gift, their first thought was ‘how do I give this away?’” he remembers. He often wondered if that was why they were so joyful.


He first encountered sex trafficking when he was in ministry. He and his wife connected with women in their local area who were working in the “adult entertainment industry.” As his family got to know the women, he and his wife realized how hungry for love many of the women were.

“We wanted to make them feel loved and valued, so we started hosting a special Christmas dinner party for them at our house every year,” Lee says. “We would give them gifts and personalized handwritten letters. We’d play games and dote on them. I remember a lot of them saying that I was the first pastor they ever spoke with in their whole lives.”


For years, Lee would get regular updates about these women. He knew that the road to recovery could be bumpy for survivors, especially if they didn’t have a lot of support.


“Sex trafficking isn’t an issue you throw money at and then women’s lives are magically fixed,” Lee shares. “They need to work through the trauma and integrate into a community where they sense genuine love. In a way, that’s really what lets them start over.”


When he heard Kim Westfall share the vision of Uncaged, he got excited. Here was a chance to show that same love and care for survivors, just like his family had done during those Christmas parties.


Then one day, Lee accepted what he thought was a volunteer position. To his great surprise, he learned that the position offered a generous salary.


Like his parents, Lee knew he wanted to use the unexpected funds to bless a high-impact organization each year. We were shocked and honored when he chose Uncaged as the first of these organizations. Thanks to his generosity, we knew it was finally possible to bring Dr. Vanessa Snyder on board as our international program director.


When he heard the news, Lee was filled with joy. “My first thought was ‘this is awesome!’” Lee laughs, “Knowing that this incredibly talented lady is able to use a skill set that I don’t have to love on survivors, it’s amazing. It gives me incredible joy. I’m convinced anything we give becomes much more when it’s placed in the hands of God.”


We cannot express the fullness of our gratitude for donors like Lee. His heart for survivors will leave a lasting legacy; it will beat every day in our trauma-informed program. Generosity like yours, like Lee’s, goes a long way to stop sex trafficking. People like you pave the way for professionals like Dr. Vanessa Snyder to create research-driven care plans. Every survivor who graduates from our program will thrive because of people like him, and people like you.


Thank you for your support and encouragement of Uncaged. Truly, you are helping to end the effects of sex trafficking and giving survivors the utmost care.


If you want to learn how you can leave a lasting legacy in the fight against trafficking, click here to get in touch with Kim Westfall today.


We hold the keys to freedom!

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