WORKING IN THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO: Every year, the U.S. State Department releases a new Trafficking In Persons Report, evaluating every nation-state and territory for its work against human trafficking and slavery—or its complicity and vulnerability therein. FAI Relief’s Counter-Trafficking Initiative prioritizes areas throughout the Muslim world suffering from the toxic cocktail of normative cultural lust mixed with the subjugation of women sanctioned by the doctrines of Islam. These areas are, per the standards of the U.S. State Department, the “worst-case scenario.” There are no laws to prosecute traffickers, no programs to rescue and restore victims, and government officials are active architects of the area’s trafficking infrastructure.

IN 2017, FAI RELIEF IDENTIFIED A STRATEGIC LOCATION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN BASIN for its reputation as a destination country for “Johns” (those who purchase sex) due to its regional accessibility. Women are trafficked from Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, while trafficking customers visit from the world over. This work puts us in proximity to people from a broad range of unreached and unengaged people groups.

WE ARE CONFIDENT IN THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF JESUS and have engineered our initiative to reach the hundreds of women enslaved to local clubs (there are over fifty known to us) while also engaging our local population through a public community center, launching in 2019/2020. We intend for this community center to become a locus of preventative counter-trafficking, advocacy, education, and disciple-making relationships within our local populous.