We seek to end human trafficking on a global scale by educating others about this modern-day slavery, creating a community amongst abolitionists, and offering a safe place for victims to receive unconditional love, hope and Christcentered counseling. Rescue Innocence was launched officially on May 31, 2012 and has spent years now combating the sex-trade through partnerships with other organizations.
Based out of Columbia, Missouri, Rescue Innocence works to educate others about human trafficking. Rescue Innocence speaks out for the victim and we want to help survivors heal and thrive. In order to educate others we go to conferences, camps, retreats, churches, youth groups, schools and more to teach about human trafficking. Issues addressed are how prevalent this modern-day slavery really is, what it looks like, how to stay safe, and how to make a difference.
As part of our global initiative, Rescue Innocence works in partnerships with Uganda NO W Outreach, to help educate over 1000 children and have been a part in providing food, digging wells, and building classrooms. Our cofounder and president Brent Messimer has spoken to thousands of Ugandans about trafficking while sharing the Gospel and value each person has in Christ.
Messimer first visited Uganda and fell in love with the culture and people and works directly with dedicated Ugandans and a solid team State-side to provide opportunities for these children of Africa. Four years now Messimer has been a director for Uganda NOW Outreach and visits Uganda regularly to train ministers, educate about human trafficking, and to teach and preach in underdeveloped areas where children are vulnerable to being trafficked. Our effort to keep kids in school is a preemptive strike on human trafficking as children are graduating with a bright future ahead.
We have found that many victims of sexual slavery are homeless and so our ministry focus has grown over the years. Often victims of slavery are right in front of our eyes and we would never know without reaching out to them. Often females and even males are made to give their bodies in return for food or a warm place to sleep. We have helped many of these individuals to find permanent homes, jobs, and resources available for financial assistance and meals. We provide life coaching to apply for housing assistance, write resumes, learn budgeting, gain job interview training, and much more.
It all begins with handing out “survival packs” which consist of food, hygiene products, warm clothing, a devotional book, and information about human trafficking and the possibility of freedom. Having something to offer allows us to walk up to pimps and their victims forced to prostitute. Barriers break down when you give a pimp a coat and something to eat, which in turn allows us to visit with the women. We have helped a number of women this way and we even invited a pimp to church recently, knowing that if God changes the heart there is hope even for the worst kind of person.