Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – GOST® (Global Ocean Security Technologies), a world leader in marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems, announced today that they have joined the 1000 Heroes Program by Phantom Rescue. A non-profit organization, Phantom Rescue deploys globally to locate, rescue, and return children that have been taken and sold into the child sex trafficking industry, and works to impede the underground entities that enable this industry. The new program is a concentrated search to attract 1000 business or individual sponsors to contribute to end child trafficking.
“The truth about human trafficking is that it has been ignored for too long. The task at hand is too large and daunting to continue by ourselves, it requires a collaborative effort from the government, numerous non-profit organizations, and the community as a whole,” said Tony Sparks, founder, Phantom Rescue. “Our 1000 Heroes Program will provide the needed support to rescue these children. We aren’t simply calling it the Hero Program, contributors truly are heroes and have a direct and positive impact on their safety.”
Donations to the 1000 Heroes Program apply to the costs of the actual rescue, to communications and hotline management, education and deterrence training for cities, emergency services for recovered victims, counseling, housing, and food and clothing for victims as they acclimate to life after their ordeal.
“GOST is committed to helping Phantom Rescue in its vital mission to stamp out child sex slavery and hold accountable those who participate in it,” said Erin Keenan, CFO, GOST. “We are proud to be the first of the Phantom Heroes and are committed to supporting their recovery goals over the next 5 years. Financial support from the community is imperative to be able to rescue these children from the horrifying situations they are in. The attrocities these children must endure is hard to even think about it. Our society does not realize how big a problem child trafficking is. In the United States alone we lose 17,000 children a year, that is 46 children a day, we need to increase awareness and join together to do all we can to keep our children safe.”
Phantom’s operational expertise comes from the team’s specialized experience of retired and former U.S. Military’s Special Operations Forces (Special Forces, Rangers, SEALs, SFOD-D (DELTA), Special Operations Aviation, and Army Intelligence) and other significant governmental agencies. The team’s members have worked alongside counterparts in U.S. State Department Embassies and Consulates, Law Enforcement, Cyber Task Force, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, FBI, CIA, and INTERPOL. The organization has been active since 2007, and recently executed its 50th rescue.
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