Freedom 2025 will have a positive impact in the Gulf Coast region by using the effective efforts to fight exploitation and sex trafficking that will certainly plague our communities during the Carnival season and Super Bowl, held in New Orleans.

Outreach efforts will begin prior to the end of 2024, thereby giving us an opportunity to reach as many people as possible before the start of Carnival Season or 12 th Night, which is January 6 th 2025. Those outreaches/activities will intensify during the last two weeks of January through February 9, 2025, Super Bowl Sunday, and will conclude March 4, 2025, Mardi Gras Day.

Free NOLA was founded during Super Bowl 2013 and has continued many of the outreaches to this day. The following outreaches are a couple of the ways in which you, your church, business or colleagues can become involved. With this undertaking we will need sponsors and resources to accomplish our goal of blanketing the area with signs and ways to help someone who may be being exploited. We are adding to our menu:

  • F.A.S.T. (Friends Against Sex Trafficking) targets the hospitality industry, hotels, travel plazas, truck stops, etc.
  • Angel Shot – When a patron orders an Angel Shot, they’re covertly letting their bartender or server know that they don’t feel safe because of another’s behavior

Should you wish additional information regarding any of the outreach efforts or how you can be involved, please complete the form at the bottom of the “Get Involved” page or the volunteer form on the “Our Solution / Volunteer” page.

Funding is needed for these programs and your support is much appreciated. You can donate to specific outreaches by clicking on the donate button and selecting the specific project you wish to sponsor under the “Apply My Donation To” drop down:

  • F.A.S.T.
  • Angel Shot

The Problem

Sex trafficking is modern day slavery that exists as a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry both Internationally and in the United States denying globally over 40.3 million people freedom. And, some of those people right here in New Orleans.

Why? Because New Orleans is home to the infamous Bourbon Street, festivals every day of the year, sporting events, and conventions all year long. In addition, it is connected to the world through ports, air travel, and multiple major interstates. All of these factors make New Orleans a hot bed for human trafficking.

Louisiana & US Statistics

What You Need to Know

36.2 million reports

In 2023, 36.2 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation online. Reports of online enticement, including sextoration, increased by more than 300% between 2021 and 2023

Total Victims Reported in Louisiana

992 – served in 2022
662 – new victims in 2022

Targeting Children

Juveniles in Louisiana accounted for 693 or 70% of the victims reported

In 2023

NCMEC received 63,077 cases of documented offenses including sex tourism, deceptive domain names and misleading content or unsolicited obscene material sent to a child

By His Light

Ashley Guan, Founder of “ByHisLight” Non-Profit, has merged fashion and social media to bring awareness of the growing crime of human sex trafficking. Her nonprofit supports Free NOLA while actively spreading awareness of this atrocity within our community. Inspired by Job 29:3, “And by His light, I walked through the darkness.” Believing by Jesus’ light this darkness in the human trafficking industry will be exposed.

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