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There’s a girl right now who is trapped in a horrible situation. She desperately needs to hear that there is a safe place for her and people who can help her get there. If you could, what would you say to her?

A mother is holding her baby, filled with worry. She doesn’t want the same life for her daughter that she has experienced. She needs to know there is a network of people, waiting to help her get to safety. Will you let her know?

Children hear the false promises of the woman who shows up at their school. A family desperate for money isn’t sure whether to believe the promise of a job for their daughter. The girl waiting in the airport has doubts about going away with this man who says he loves her. Something doesn’t feel right, but she doesn’t know what to do.   

Who will help those at risk stay safe from trafficking? Who will help those who are already victims find freedom? 

At Uncaged, we are building a network of people who are spreading the word. We are training first responders in key places. We are training volunteers who will train people in their communities, expanding the reach of anti-trafficking messaging exponentially! 

YOU can be the person who tells at-risk people in communities all over Romanian the news they need to hear today! We’re already reaching thousands each day, through the video monitors we have installed.

In the coming months, we have opportunities to install more monitors in key places: airports, train stations, trams/streetcars, subways, hospitals, and more! 

Your gifts will go toward purchasing more monitors and signs with our information so survivors like the ones in these stories can get in touch with our team. 

Your gift will allow us to train front-line responders, staff in transportation hubs, hospitals, schools, and staff in our call center who answer these urgent calls! 

What would you be willing to invest to tell those at risk this urgent message? Make your voice heard by potentially 4 million people a day across Romania today! 

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The nightmares won’t stop. I don’t like to sleep because when I do, I see them. There are bad, evil people everywhere. I don’t have anyone to trust. I am running from them in my dreams but I know they will catch me every time. 

I don’t know how long it has been since I had a good night’s sleep. I don’t remember how long I’ve been in this place where every day is the same. He brought me into this tiny room. There’s a bed in the corner and a dirty chair and table. It’s dark all the time. I can’t even talk about the things that happen here. I don’t want to think about them.

He said it would be a good job waiting for me here in the north of the country. He told me I could send money home to my family. But I don’t get to talk to them. And I don’t get to choose the things I do.

I saw some videos in the airport when we were traveling here. The messages talked about a safe place. They talked about dangerous people like him. People who hurt girls like me.

I am not sure if I can get there, to that beautiful place in the pictures. But I want to try. There is a short number they said you can call to talk to someone. It’s burned into my memory. If I can get to a phone when he isn’t looking, I will call. I have to believe there’s a way out. I have to hope. What else do I have left?


The story above is a dramatization, but it is based on what we imagine might go through the mind of a survivor hoping against hope that there is a way out of her situation. It is based on the stories these precious souls have told us. 

It’s her story - the sweet survivor who is safe now. She saw our video monitors in the Bucharest airport. The photo of the Sanctuary at the end gave her motivation to call the number, and one of our partners picked her up and drove her across the country so she could be safe! 

During the entire ride to The Sanctuary, she told us about her nightmares and the bad people she feared. She shared her desire to be in a safe place and her need for restoration. 

Thank you for your support that allows us to offer safety, hope, and healing to more survivors like her.

Her story may have started similar to the one above—full of trauma and pain. But it doesn’t have to end that way. Be the key that unlocks a brighter future for survivors today.

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Recently, I visited The Sanctuary, one of my favorite places on earth,” says Uncaged Founder, Kim Westfall. “As we drove through the forest and the winding roads, a sense of peace fell over me. When we arrived at the Sanctuary we were greeted by the ponies, puppies, and our beautiful orchards and cabins. It felt as though I might have reached Heaven. Arriving at sunset, the light is dimming and the sky is filled with deep corals and pinks. It forced me to exhale and leave the troubles of the world behind me, and to allow myself to be enveloped in nature, beauty, peace, and safety.

Can you imagine being a young woman having been trapped in a room, in a lifestyle where she had no peace, no safety, no independence and then arriving at a place like this?”

The Sanctuary in Romania was created to be a safe place for human trafficking survivors—a place to heal from the effects of trauma and be equipped for a sustainable life. We recently received a license that allows us to accept women with children at the Sanctuary. This is critical as so many of the traffic victims have children. We can meet more needs now and open our doors to precious souls and their children. 

On this particular visit to The Sanctuary, Kim had the privilege of meeting a young lady. We will call her “Florina” and her 5-month-old baby, “Clara.”*

This precious baby, Clara, was born into human trafficking. Kim recalls she couldn’t help but struggle as she processed the thought that “this good and perfect gift was born into turmoil, destruction, and pain. It’s a fact. A heartbreaking fact. But at the same time, I had the realization that WE are saving generations.”

Kim says if Florina hadn’t been rescued when she was, the trafficker would have groomed Baby Clara to become his next piece of merchandise. This is the unthinkable reality for many sweet babies and their moms.

But on this visit, Kim got to see Florina and Clara surrounded by the kind and caring Uncaged team. Kim laughed when she realized  Clara had everything that a little 5-month-old should have (and more), saying, “I fear she is being spoiled as she is rarely put down.”

Those who support the work of Uncaged are making this happen,” says Kim. “They are the ones who have provided mom and baby with stability, acceptance, love, and a hope-filled future.”  

Florina is on her healing journey. Our goal is for her to heal physically, mentally, and spiritually and for her to become a self-sufficient, productive member of society. With your help, that’s going to happen. 

When you give to Uncaged today, you are unlocking the door for future generations and ensuring they remain free!

*For the safety and protection of survivors, we never reveal their real names or photos. 

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