#minorsextrafficking | Malouf Foundation™ and Safe House Project Partner to Launch OnWatch™ Education Platform

Hundreds of thousands of children are trafficked each year in the United States and trafficking reporting has increased by over 40 percent during COVID-19, according to a June report from Polaris Project. With victim identification at only 1 percent, the Malouf Foundation and Safe House Project re-created the OnWatch™ platform to empower people to spot, report and prevent trafficking in their communities.
Safe House Project CEO Kristi Wells commented, “Trafficking is a trending topic in the media right now. It’s created a lot of awareness on the subject matter, but it’s also caused some confusion on what sex trafficking actually looks like here in the states.” She added, “For example, many people don’t realize people are trafficked in their own neighborhoods, and most aren’t familiar with the warning signs.” 

To help people better understand trafficking in America, the new OnWatch™ training platform shares the true experiences of several survivors. Each story explains the reality for survivors and teaches viewers what signs to look for and how to report suspected trafficking. Wells reiterated, “By listening to these survivors’ stories, people can really grasp what trafficking is and how it intersects their daily lives.”

Trafficking survivor Julie Whitehead consulted on the new training and emphasized the importance of education platforms like OnWatch™. She shared, “I was someone’s neighbor. I volunteered in a school classroom. I passed people at the grocery store and the park. There were signs someone could have noticed—things that didn’t look right. They could have saved me sooner.” Whitehead continued, “You can still save someone else. Trafficking will be brought to its knees by regular people in our communities simply watching out for each other. OnWatch™ trains heroes.”

Since it first launched in 2018, OnWatch™ has trained tens of thousands of people to recognize the signs of trafficking and how to respond when they see something. Malouf Foundation™ Executive Director  Jake Neeley noted, “We’ve created an engaged community with OnWatch™, and we want to keep that momentum with this new training. More people are ready to fight against trafficking, and OnWatch™ is the perfect place to start.”

Tom Forshaw, CEO of Forshaw Inc., a leading distributor to the pest management industry, has teamed up with OnWatch™ to create an industry-specific version of the training. “Every day, pest management professionals service millions of homes and businesses. We are the eyes and ears of the community,” he said. “At Forshaw, we immediately realized that we could do more than donate to the cause. We could be part of the solution by educating and empowering our partners to know the signs of trafficking and speak out. Saving just one girl or boy would be a victory.”

About Malouf Foundation™

Founded in 2016 and based out of Logan, Utah, the Malouf Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting child sexual exploitation, including sex trafficking and online exploitation. The Foundation also works closely with local charities to provide comfort and care for abuse victims, as well as support children and families in need. Through its charity affiliates and parent company, Malouf™, the Foundation gives 100 percent of its resources to the people it serves. For more information about the Malouf Foundation, visit malouffoundation.org.

About Safe House Project

Established in 2017, Safe House Project is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit uniting communities across America to end domestic sex trafficking and restore hope, freedom and a future to every survivor. Safe House Project’s mission is two-fold: increase survivor identification beyond one percent and ensure every survivor has access to safe housing and holistic care by accelerating safe house capacity and development across America. Safe housing and restorative care is critical to ending the cycle of victimization. To learn more about Safe House Project, visit SafeHouseProject.org. 

Malouf Foundation™ Contact:

Alicia Richmond
[email protected]
801-599-1794

Safe House Project Contact:

Brittany Dunn
[email protected] 
202-596-2073

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