A Team of Retired U.S. Navy Seals is Saving Teens From Sex Trafficking

September 21, 2020 at 3:54 pm

A renegade team of retired Navy Seals and private investigators is rescuing hundreds of teens from trafficking for free!

A volunteer team of retired Navy Seals, former law enforcement officers and private investigators has joined together to do the work no one else is doing.

They’ve rescued almost 250 American teenagers from the clutches of sex traffickers in the last 5 years. That’s an average of 5 rescues per month. And they do it all for free!

The 34-man team works for the non-profit “Saved in America” for no pay. All donations are used to cover the equipment and other costs of their special operations.

“Our payment is the look on the parents’ faces when they get their child back,” says the group’s founder former police officer and private investigator Joseph Travers.

Inspired by the story of 17-year-old Britanee Drexel of New York (who was abducted in 2009, taken to Myrtle Beach, SC, raped repeatedly for days, shot dead and fed to alligators) Travers recruited a team of Navy Seals and former law enforcement to fight the rampant sex trafficking rings in the country.

Globally, over 25,000 human trafficking victims were detected and reported in 2016 alone. This doesn’t include the millions who go missing annually without a trace.

While many of us may imagine only poor, orphaned children from war-torn countries are trafficked, the problem is also rampant in middle class America too, with nearly 8,000 cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in 2016.

“People don’t realize this is going on in their own backyards. This isn’t in some far away country with very poor people,” says Joshua Travers, Joseph’s son, a former U.S. Marine. “This could be your next-door neighbor, your child, anyone’s child. A lot of these kids are from a middle class family in the United States. They aren’t incredibly poor or involved in abuse or bad situations at home.”

Hot spots for human trafficking include border states California, Florida and Texas, as well as New York, and go hand in hand with drug trafficking hot spots, Travers says.

“I knew that street gangs, prison gangs and cartels took over drug trafficking in the 1980s and then they took over sex trafficking at the turn of the century,”  Travers told People Magazine. “When I read about Brittanee Drexel, who disappeared off the face of the planet, I just knew gangs were involved.”

Travers’ group of special investigators uses tips on social media, interviews with family and friends and drone video cameras to locate missing teens (typically between ages 14 and 17) and then calls in local law enforcement to extract them.

It’s a lifesaver for families who don’t have the financial resources to hire private investigators and can’t get help from already swamped public servants.

Sixty percent of missing teens whose parents call Saved in America are rescued before they are sold into sex slavery. For those not so lucky, the organization assists in procuring legal representation, safe housing, and rehabilitative therapy.

It also provides assistance to high-risk juvenile shelters to protect the children from further exploitation by pimps and predators.

The more funds this team of heroes has the more children it can save. Donate on their website SavedInAmerica.org.