Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative

Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative


MISSING TEEN from Indian Trail, NC. May be on her way to VIRGINIA so PLEASE SHARE and look out for this car caught on video below. Katie was wearing a green jacket, ripped jeans, and a pink shirt with white stripes. She got into a gold/tan older model Ford Focus with Virginia plates on the front of vehicle. Plate starts with the letter K. The person that picked her up was a white male in his mid to late 20’s with black curly hair, medium build, and wearing a white and blue shirt with khaki shorts. He picked her up at 7:10AM. MAY BE heading to Virginia so please share with your VA contacts!
For people who are interested in attending, there is a #SaveOurChildren rally coming up supporting Melody and her children. If you can't physically attend we are asking you to live stream a rally in support of this. The Stafford County legal system needs to know that people all over the country are aware of the corruption and believe Melody and her children. Justice is a must! #ENDHumanTraficking #betheirvoice
Just saw this in the Washington Post? Curious, if you were inviated and if you are going.
Your, and other, organizations are doing a great job getting the word out and educating us about how to identify human trafficking and where to reach out for help. QUESTION: what is being done to remove the "market" for the these children who are slaves to the sex trade? This is taking place in our communities, as you point out in the programs you present. To me, that means there are people we see about town (perhaps men we know) who keep this "business" going by patronizing it. I have not heard about the law pursuing those who pay for the use of someone for sex. Is it against the law to procure sex? (at all) or with a minor? Thanks for any info you can give on this.
Hey everybody! I wanted to personally invite you to take a look at what my wife has been working so hard on lately to help women who have been rescued from sex trafficking! It would really mean a lot to me if you just took a few minutes to watch a video and consider backing her kickstarter. If you can’t at this time it’s totally cool. You could always share it with your friends! I would really appreciate it! Thank you so much! Looking forward to seeing what happens!
Inside information about “Gangstalking” and “Gangstalkers” (Avoid Winnipeg Canada by any means. Do not let anyone you never met convince you to go) Most, if not all Gangstalkers are hired by Scientologists. They are directly affiliated with the Church of Scientology. Gangstalkers are funded by Scientologists below low wages to stalk one person illegally and torture said person until they are either outstripped completely, isolated, and homeless. They drive around with Neurophones and their own mobile network, intoxicated off of synthetic drugs and cocaine abuses to keep themselves awake and focused on abusing their target. They drive around a 5 mile radius around the target with their neurophones aimed at their targets and they harass and abuse the person Into submission. What these guys are doing is “fair gaming” (google the definition) and an illegal pyramid scheme where they trick you into becoming their debt slave, for little to no money. They are workers sent from Scientology to electronically abuse/torture, and traffick new members that has submitted to be their “warloot” into their organization to sell their overly priced and almost impossible to sell products. The commission that they pay Gangstalkers is not worth the time or risk. It’s the easiest way to destroy your life, healthy relationships and careers. It’s more of a punishment than an opportunity, do not be fooled into becoming apart of this, it’s not worth it or rewarding!! If you can track these people with emf readers or other devices, then more likely then not, you can find them in their cars near you. If we can find the ones on foot around us, then we can press charges against them and finally put an end to this ridiculous and terrible program. There is a lawsuit coming together, but we need to hit them with everything we got by disclosing anything and everything we know about them. The ending to this covert chaos is nearing! Don’t let up!
As a remote employee, one of my daily distractions is having soaps in the background for an hour break. I find it interesting that The Young and the Restless is currently addressing human sex trafficking as one of its story lines. Great awareness participation by the network.
My Name is Jabali Smith. I'm a trafficking survivor and Author. Please see my Website. [email protected] My new book SLAVE: A Human Trafficking Survivor Finds Life, Is Available Now at Barnes & Nobles and Links below: I'm available for appearances, book signings and Motivational Speaking engagements, PM me if interested or email: [email protected] I look forward to working with all of you ! Jabali
Free issue on Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery (Ed, Siddharth Kara):
Celebrating the 6th anniversary of what became NoVA HTI. Shown below is the team commissioned by the Loudoun Pastors Consortium (LPC) who issued recommendations on 'gaps' that churches were uniquely positioned to fill.

Our mission is to prevent human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, disrupt related networks, and restore those impacted. Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative (NOVA HTI) is a faith-based 501(c)(3) organization based out of Northern Virginia.

Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiatives (NOVA HTI)] mission is to eradicate human trafficking locally through awareness, advocacy, prayer, and victim services. We are a 501(c)(3) organization based in Northern Virginia. Find out more about us, and see how you can get involved, at:

Mission: Our mission is to eradicate human trafficking locally through awareness, prayer, partnerships, intervention, and victim services.

Operating as usual

We have a volunteer opportunity! 🎉

We are currently looking for a Partner Engagement Coordinator. We could not do this important work without our individual, church, and business partners. This volunteer role is a key to our future success.

Find out more about the position below & reach out to [email protected] if interested! Know someone who would be a perfect fit? Tag them here or send this exciting opportunity opening along!

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5 facts about child sex trafficking that will help you make a difference | Thorn

Learning what is true about child sex trafficking (CST) can help us better understand, talk about, and address the issue. It will give you the tools to be an advocate in your social circles and put energy into helping the most vulnerable children. Check out some really good facts for you to know➡

#endhumantrafficking #endexploitation #educateyourself At Thorn, we knew from the beginning that our work would require having difficult conversations and making hard choices. When you’re dealing with child sexual exploitation, there is no easy language to use, nor any off-the-shelf solutions. Recently the issue of child sex trafficking (CST) has rece...

At the time of this report’s publication, six Illicit Massage Businesses (IMBs) are within 1000 feet of a public school in Fairfax County. There are 29 IMBs within 1,500 feet of a public school. This count does not include IMBs that are near preschools, private schools, or places of worship. In Fairfax County, over 47,000 students go to public schools within one mile of an IMB.

IMBs establish near legitimate businesses, schools, and places of worship to seem more legitimate and to mask their operations.

#endhumantraffickng #illicitmassagebusiness #IMB #novahti #IMBReport #FairfaxCounty #communityproblem #endexploitation #educateyourself

First we must be aware of the problem, then we can help spread the word + take action. A conservative estimate is that $23.6 million of taxable revenue is being generated each year at Illicit Massage Businesses (IMBs) in Fairfax County. Just in case you missed that, it was $23.6 MILLION of taxable revenue each year.

IMBs masquerade as legitimate businesses on the surface, but in reality, are involved in a variety of illicit activities, such as commercial sex, human trafficking, wage law violations, tax fraud, money laundering, and/or falsifying documents. It impacts us all + we can make a difference.

Consider becoming an Ambassador today. The program prepares you with everything you need to start the conversation in your community. Find out more on our website:

#endhumantraffickng #illicitmassagebusiness #IMB #novahti #IMBReport #FairfaxCounty #communityproblem #endexploitation #carrythecause #becomeanambassador

How can you help? Report anything you see as indicators to the National Human Trafficking Hotline

+ Phone: 1-888-373-78888
+ TTY: 711
+ Text: 233733
+ Chat:

#endhumantraffickng #illicitmassagebusiness #IMB #novahti #IMBReport #FairfaxCounty #communityproblem #endexploitation #youCANmakeadifference #nationalhumantraffickinghotline #polaris

Don't miss tomorrow! Join Healing H2O + NOVA-HTI at 7PM ET for a FREE webinar (yes, free!) about human trafficking in Northern Virginia.

Executive Director of NOVA-HTI, Kay Duffield and survivor leader Barbara Jean Wilson will be speaking about the ways you can make a difference in your community.

Register here:

#endhumantrafficking #freewebinar #novahti #youcanmakeadifference #educateyourself #healingh20

Illicit Massage Businesses are a community problem: ”My legitimate massage business went out of business due to the illicit massage business a couple of blocks down from my shop. Once it was busted, which thank God it was, my business went down to almost nothing. No one in my area wanted to be associated with going for a massage, no matter where it was or who's business it was. It affects everyone.” -Jana Leigh Sheaffer, Licensed Massage Business Owner

Together we can make an impact to affect our communities for good. Check our website to see how you can disrupt and stop exploitation.

#endhumantraffickng #illicitmassagebusiness #IMB #novahti #IMBReport #FairfaxCounty #communityproblem #endexploitation #youCANmakeadifference

Each day, it is estimated that 558 customers are visiting the 85 IMBs in Fairfax County. This equates to more than 203,000 customer visits each year.

#endhumantraffickng #illicitmassagebusiness #IMB #novahti #IMBReport #FairfaxCounty #communityproblem #endexploitation

What are the indicators of an IMB?

»Prices advertised are significantly lower than other massage therapy businesses.

»Women may appear to live onsite.

»Women work, long excessive hours.

»Business serves primarily or only male clientele.

»Windows are covered or darkened.

»The front door is locked.

»A doorbell or buzzer to get in.

»The location has security cameras.

Check out our website for more information.

#endhumantraffickng #illicitmassagebusiness #IMB #novahti #IMBReport #FairfaxCounty #communityproblem #endexploitation

Virginia man arrested after defective light uncovers Odessa to Eden human trafficking attempt

A Virginia man has been arrested after a traffic stop near Sterling City led to the discovery of human trafficking between Odessa and Eden, TX. A Virginia man has been arrested in a West Texas human trafficking investigation after a defective light led to a traffic stop near Sterling City.

Each day, 170 women are being exploited
in Fairfax County.

One woman will have 1,200 customer
visits each year.

The purpose of this research is to look at the demand for commercial sex at Illicit Massage Businesses (IMBs) and their impact on the community. IMBs are similar to modern day sex brothels and are not similar to legitimate massage businesses, not only in the services that they provide, but also in how they function and operate.
#endhumantraffickng #illicitmassagebusiness #IMB #novahti #IMBReport #FairfaxCounty #communityproblem #endexploitation

Connecting the dots: Illicit Massage Businesses (IMBs) affect not only Fairfax County but the entire United States.

“An analysis of online sex buyer review sites indicates there are 10,000 illicit massage businesses in the United States, with three to four victim-providers at each location. At any given time, 30,000 - 40,000 victim-providers are being exploited in IMBs around the country, serving sex buyers day and night.

Recent academic research determined that the illicit massage industry generates about 3.5 billion dollars a year in revenue. That’s billion with a B. The 10,000 IMB storefronts are the public facing part of the industry, but there is a lot more behind the scenes. This includes a large network of operators, facilitators, money-movers, and recruiters both in the United States and overseas.

The illicit massage industry is a 3.5 billion dollar transnational organized crime enterprise...Of the 10,000 IMBs in America, nearly 300 are in Virginia. The majority of those are in Northern Virginia, with about 100 in Fairfax County, one of the most affluent and educated places on the planet.” - Bob Houston

#endhumantraffickng #illicitmassagebusiness #IMB #novahti #IMBReport #FairfaxCounty #educateyourself

NOVA-HTI Press Conference IMB Report Release

Did you miss our press conference announcing the findings of the Illicit Massage Businesses: A Community Problem Report?

Check out the full conference below and hear Robert Houston, former FBI agent, a member of NOVA-HTI’s Board of Directors and Founder of Heyrick Research, NOVA-HTI’s Executive Director, Kay Duffield, and Board of Supervisor, Springfield District, Pat Herrity. Thank you to all who came out to support the release of this report.

Results of a study produced by Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative reveals the estimated demand at illicit massage businesses, considered modern-d...

Community Impact of IMBs — NOVA-HTI

The Illicit Massage Businesses: A Community Problem Report has been released. This research conservatively estimates the expected demand for Illicit Massage Businesses (IMBs), their taxable income, and their proximity to Fairfax County Public Schools. This research also explores the effects of IMBs on legitimate massage therapists. This is the first known study that evaluates buyer demand at IMBs in Fairfax County. See full report below.

Atty Gen. Barr, Tim Tebow announce $100M grant to combat human trafficking

Attorney General William Barr announced 100 million dollars in grants to help local and tribal communities in their efforts to fight against human trafficking. #endhumantrafficking #grants Barr announced 100 million dollars in grants to help local and tribal communities in their efforts.

Join us for our press conference releasing the results of the first known study evaluating buyer demand at illicit massage businesses in Fairfax County. All the details can be found here:

#pressconference #FairfaxCounty #illicitmassagebusiness #endhumantrafficking #novahti

Join Healing H2O + NOVA-HTI on October 7 at 7PM ET for a free webinar about human trafficking in Northern Virginia and ways that you can engage to make a difference in your community.

Executive Director of NOVA-HTI, Kay Duffield and survivor leader Barbara Jean Wilson will be speaking. You don’t want to miss this!

Register here:

#endhumantrafficking #freewebinar #novahti #youcanmakeadifference #educateyourself #healingh20

15 suspected Md. gang members indicted after drug ring discovered at Comfort Inn | WTOP

A grand jury has indicted 15 suspected gang members who the Anne Arundel County police said were running a drug and sex trafficking ring out of a Brooklyn Park hotel for months.

The investigation into the drug- and sex-trafficking operation, called Operation Too Close for Comfort, started in May 2019.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said hotel employees reported to one of the ring leaders warning him of any suspicious activity, guests who appeared to be law enforcement or members of a rival gang, or any police presence in the hotel. Read more below.

#endhumantrafficking #operationtoocloseforcomfort The investigation into the drug- and sex-trafficking operation, called Operation Too Close for Comfort, started in May 2019.

Children are not for sale.

According to IJM, 1 in 4 victims of modern day slavery is a child.

The Bible says to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 31:8). Will you join us in our fight against trafficking? Until all are free.

#childrenarenotforsale #endhumantrafficking #untilallarefree #volunteer

5 Simple Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking — NOVA-HTI

Wondering how you can help and bring awareness to our cause? Check out our latest blog article below ⏬

#novahti #endhumantrafficking #youCANhelp #standuptoinjustice #donate #carrythecause Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative (NOVA-HTI) has been an active non-profit organization in the area for 10 years. We would like to take a moment to share how you can help in our continuing fight against human trafficking.  5 simple ways you can help and bring awareness to o

Though the media often portrays traffickers abducting strangers from store parking lots or kidnapping tourists from hotel rooms, this is not the reality in the vast majority of human trafficking cases.

Of victims in sex trafficking cases active in 2019, defendants recruited 36.6% of victims online, commonly through social media platforms, web-based messaging applications, online chat rooms, and classified advertisements or job boards. 📱

In addition, defendants recruited 23.3% of victims through a pre-existing relationship, 19.7% through a fraudulent job offer, 8.4% on the street, and 2.1% at a shelter. These have generally been the same top methods of recruitment in new sex trafficking cases for the past five years.

Sometimes, defendants used multiple methods to recruit a single victim. For example, a defendant might have used the internet to initiate an in-person relationship with a victim, all for the purpose of trafficking them.
- 2019 Federal Human Trafficking Report

#endhumantrafficking #onlinerecruitment #themoreyouknow #recruitmentmethods

The defendants in sex trafficking cases facilitated their crimes using a variety of methods and tactics to recruit and coerce their victims, and also to generate profit by soliciting buyers for commercial sex.

Sex trafficking schemes ranged from small-scale, individually run operations to larger, more sophisticated crime rings. Of the 575 sex trafficking cases active in 2019, over half (67.5%, 388) involved pimp-directed sex trafficking, meaning a “pimp” coerced victims while also managing and collecting profits from their commercial sex acts.

#endhumantrafficking #sextraffickingschemes

Why don’t victims of sex trafficking just leave or escape? A common question with a complicated answer.

“To understand the complexities of trauma bonding in human trafficking, it is critical to consider the biological impact of trauma and the effects of psychological coercion on the brain.

The foundations for trauma bonding are laid at the neurobiological levels. During a single incident of trauma, the limbic system, the brain’s emotion center, over-activates and the prefrontal cortex, the brain’s logic center, shuts down.

Psychological coercion may increase the likelihood of trauma bonding. When a victim perceives a threat to their physical and psychological survival at the hands of their trafficker, trauma bonding may occur.

Traffickers may isolate and threaten victims, induce exhaustion, and interfere with their believed or real ability to escape. A victim may eventually feel helpless and respond to any form of “help” or “kindness” from their trafficker with gratitude and attachment in order to survive” - 2020 TIP Report #endhumantrafficking

#traumabonding #educateyourself #coercion #TIPReport

What is sugar dating and what does it have to do with sex trafficking? When it becomes sex trafficking.

Sugar dating is advertised as financial support in exchange for “companionship”. College students are easily targeted as the average student loan debt is $36K. Find out what you need to know in our downloadable PDF.

#sugaring #endhumantrafficking #students #listenup #themoreyouknow #educateyourself

U.S. Marshals recover 39 missing children in Georgia operation

Incredible job by the U.S. Marshals Service, state and local law enforcement to rescue 39 missing children from all over Georgia.

The Marshals Service identified 15 of the kids as being victims of sex trafficking.

As part of "Operation Not Forgotten," law enforcement officials arrested nine adults. Read more in the article below.

#endhumantrafficking #untilallarefree #childrenarenotforsale #operationnotforgotten Law enforcement officers describe them as some of the most challenging recovery cases in the state, but Thursday the U.S. Marshals Service announced the rescue of 39 missing children from all over Georgia.

Jesus said these words. If you are working hard + If you are heavy burdened these days ➡️ remember who you can go to, He will give you rest.

The connection between porn & demand of sex trafficking needs to be made. Watching porn increases the likelihood that the consumer will hire a prostituted person.

It is said, 49% of women who have worked in prostitution report being filmed by their traffickers (this is just the percentage of women who knew they were being filmed).

This footage is often streamed and or later distributed. A person viewing this type of pornography would have no way of knowing whether or not the person on the other end of the camera is a willing participant. In many cases, she is not.

#endhumantrafficking #PornHarms #endexploitation

VPC Next Gen Ministries and Just Ask are presenting a workshop on Online Dangers, August 31. Young people are spending more time than ever, making them more vulnerable to human traffickers who lurk on social media. Learn more by registering today!

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Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiatives (NOVA-HTI) mission is to eradicate human trafficking locally through awareness, prayer, partnerships, intervention, and victim services. We are a 501(c)(3) organization based in Northern Virginia. Find out more about us, and see how you can get involved, at:

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