PLEASANT GROVE, Utah, Jan. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — doTERRA’s Healing Hands Foundation recently provided product donations to Operation Underground Railroad, for the organization’s “Save the Babes” event that raised money to help free children from human trafficking. The event proved successful, with $5,000 of funds raised to enable Operation Underground Railroad to save about five children.
With rescue teams composed of ex-Navy Seal, CIA, and other operatives, Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) uses cutting edge technology and human intelligence to liberate children who have fallen victim to human trafficking. The non-profit organization also aims to dismantle sex trafficking networks, and partner with local governments to arrest perpetrators. OUR follows specific procedures and processes to ensure that all of their rescue efforts are done safely and legally.
One important part of OUR’s process is their focus on techniques that will help rescued children transition back into everyday life after their liberation—whether they receive help from a shelter, or return home to their family. A majority of children who have been victims of human trafficking suffer from physical, emotional, and psychological damage that lasts long after their rescue. Diseases like hepatitis, urinary tract infections (UTI), and other infectious or sexually transmitted diseases often plague children and individuals who have been extracted from the sex trade industry. Aside from physical damage and diseases like hepatitis or STD’s, victims can also experience feelings of depression, anxiety, and even panic attacks as a result of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following their rescue.
According to Operation Underground Railroad, nearly two million children are affected by human slavery in today’s world. Children rescued by OUR will get the help and treatment they need, as they are placed in a safe environment following their rescue. Donations from companies like doTERRA, and fundraising events like “Save the Babes” help OUR to continually rescue children caught in the tragic trap of human trafficking, and deliver them to a safe haven where they can begin a new life. If you want to help Operation Underground Railroad, visit their website to see how you can get involved.