From research we understand many of the factors which push and pull people into the experience of exploitation. Our job is to partner with communities and prevent them.
— C. Marroquin, Founder Protect Me Project

The Need

Being trafficked often isn’t the first abuse experienced. 70-90% of survivors of sex trafficking say they were sexually abused in childhood and this was a major factor in their decision to leave home. 

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Slave Count

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Sex Slaves

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Children


How

Protect Me Project

Began

Having raised funds for two years to help friends assist exploited people in their exit from slavery, Roberto & Carla Marroquín realized so few found freedom, and those who did suffered with life-long trauma. In 2010 The Marroquíns launched a pilot program on the campus of the University of Managua in Nicaragua to PREVENT sex trafficking. Today Protect Me Project teams are at work in six countries to get there before the trafficker.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Where We Work

We are at work in eight countries throughout Latin America