The morning will begin with an in-depth training. Volunteers will learn about human trafficking, what it looks like here in Green Bay, how to spot red flags, how to engage local businesses in conversations about missing children while creating a connection to human trafficking, and how to provide awareness materials to those local businesses.
We will then take action to Make a BIG Difference as volunteers form Business Impact Groups. Each group will visit several locations with packets of awareness and prevention materials for local businesses in our community that are likely to encounter human trafficking victims. Armed with the awareness conversation and materials the volunteers provide, even more people experiencing commercial sexual exploitation will be given the opportunity to experience freedom and embrace healing as they move forward into a future not defined by the past.
More Precious Than Rubies was founded in 2008 as a survivor-led, faith-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to reaching, serving, and equipping women and youth who experience and are associated with commercial sexual exploitation and domestic human trafficking. Our services are based on the interests and needs of survivors.
The More Precious Than Rubies team began by reaching the strip clubs in Green Bay, as well as conducting outreaches at “breastaurants”, a bikini barista stand, and gambling establishments. Many of our encounters originate with those outreaches; additional contacts are made by word of mouth. Since our beginnings, we have established relationships with multiple layers of people experiencing or providing opportunity for commercial sexual exploitation in our area. We’ve worked diligently to establish ourselves as a trusted group to come to in times of need, celebration, and growth to a transient and guarded population. We have learned how to walk the fine line of establishing trust with people in authority within the commercial sex industry, and we have learned God has a plan for EVERYONE involved–including the consumers. God has made it very clear that He wants the hearts of our friends even more than we want them to be free to follow Him. To date, the More Precious Than Rubies team as been honored to serve over 450 women, maintaining continual contact and support with approximately 75.
The women and youth we serve range in age from their early teens to late fifties and many of them already have children of their own. We estimate 50% of “our ladies” are from Green Bay, while other women are trafficked here from around the country. We see all ethnic races–no one is immune.
Our goal as an organization is to reach out to as many of the women and youth who experience and are associated with commercial sexual exploitation and domestic human trafficking within our community as possible. The More Precious Than Rubies team builds relationships by serving through friendship, sharing the gospel and teaching the Word of God. We also equip survivors with life skills that will help them transition from brokenness to wholeness and independence.
People often ask if our goal is to pull women from the commercial sex industry – to show them a different, or better life. The answer is, “not exactly.” We purpose to share His love with people who might not otherwise hear it, people who might not feel worthy. We want to share with them that they are God’s cherished and precious children. That they don’t have to change anything before meeting God. He loves them just the way they are. Our desire is not to force or remove anyone from their situation, but to bring them to an understanding of who God created them to be. To leave the sex trafficking industry, takes time, healing and new life skills. Exiting the lifestyle and returning to it later, is not uncommon. For this reason, our services are based on the interests and needs of survivors, and is often based on their input.
More Precious Than Rubies Mission Statement:
Reaching, serving and equipping women and youth in the sex industry, victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking as they embrace healing to move forward into a future not defined by the past.