What exactly do you do? Is Hope Ranch a ranch? Where does the name come from? What is sex trafficking? Is sex trafficking really a problem in this area? Why is trafficking so rampant in Eugene and Springfield? How do you find the survivors? Aren’t the girls choosing their lifestyle? How can I help? How are you funded? Your organization is faith-based. Do I have to be a Christian to volunteer? Can men help?
Is sex trafficking really a problem in this area?
Yes. Emphatically, yes. In 2011, Sgt. Curtis Newell estimated that hundreds of girls and women from Lane County--"too many to count"--are trafficked annually. Mick Fennerty, a local FBI agent, tells us that he has one new case of underage trafficking each week. A parole officer in Lane County says that half of her clients have been trafficked here in the Eugene-Springfield area. See our Facebook page for news stories.
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