Watch the documentary “I Am Jane Doe,” which follows the story of American middle school-aged sex trafficking victims who were exploited on website Backpage.com.
A handful of BE FREE Dayton staff met while working as a Love146 task force, an international anti-sex trafficking organization. For two-and-a-half years they raised money and awareness for international sex trafficking, essential tasks in the fight against modern day slavery. However, they could not address the specific sex trafficking in their community, thus the idea of BE FREE was born.
In May 2013, Elizabeth Van Dine, Tonya Folks, Chrissie Pennington, Kyle Gunn, April Angel and Haylie Boehringer started BE FREE Dayton as the Miami Valley's only non-profit to both abolish and prevent sex trafficking in the community.
BE FREE Dayton engages the community to combat domestic sex trafficking locally through empowering the vulnerable and educating the masses. The first step in abolition is recognition. Through area specific research, BE FREE Dayton trains everyday citizens, law enforcement, and other professionals to recognize and respond to sex trafficking within their specific community.
BE FREE Dayton is national! BE FREE opens FREEus National Outreach Chapters. The Chapters are an easy way for a handful of people to make a difference in their community. Experienced abolitionists provide all the tools and training so every community can combat this epidemic. BE FREE Chapters are trained to be advocates, activists, and educators in their specific community. Each BE FREE Chapter has the opportunity to operate our innovative, comprehensive, hands-on outreach to current victims on a monthly basis. Our method is easy to learn, inexpensive to sustain, and most of all effective! Outreach Chapters insulate communities from sex trafficking by raising awareness, cultivating relationships, and equipping the community with education!
"Abolish and prevent sex trafficking through education, outreach, demand reduction and research.”