Brittany Meade, Outreach Coordinator

Brittany told us that ‘True Justice International’ is a non-profit fighting to eradicate sex trafficking through ‘Reaching, Raising Up and Restoring’ the lives of survivors. Their goal is to fight human trafficking in our local and global communities through Christ-centered strategic initiatives with the goal to reach, raise up, and restore. Brittany noted that human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against his/her will. Brittany said that it is a difficult subject to discuss. Her presentation was very heartfelt and difficult to hear as we do not think about this kind of thing unless we have a loved one who has been taken from us and forced into ‘modern day slavery.’

​Brittany noted several factoids about human trafficking.

  • It is estimated more than 40 million people world wide are trapped in modern day slavery.
  • Every year more than 300,000 children in the United States are trafficked.
  • North Carolina consistently ranks in the top 10 states of reported cases of human trafficking.

One of the worst cases of human trafficking occurred right here in Onslow County by a man who over the course of 20 years or so, sold over 200 kids into the sex trade. He must have been very convincing to the kids offering something they did not feel they were getting from their families, but at what cost. Finally, he was arrested and is serving a 30-yr-term in prison, but he just one of many.

Today, social media has become an important tool for traffickers to make kids feel wanted, then only to find out that drugs and sex are now their constant daily life with little hope of escape. But True Justice International is making a difference. Their volunteers scour bars and other places sex traffickers use to ‘sell’ the trafficker’s product = kids, and try to make connections with these kids to show them there is another way. Once a kid wants help, True Justice has counseling and a network to help kids escape their horrible situation.


Brittany talked about several initiatives at True Justice including ‘Wlliforce,’ the ‘Pearl Ministry’ and the ‘Grace Project’ that includes Anna’s house an all-inclusive, bed, comprehensive healing home for adult female survivors of sexual and labor exploitation located in Eastern N.C. (Brittany Meade photo courtesy of True Justice International)

Sex trafficking is only one aspect of True Justice as fighting human trafficking for the menial labor sector of commerce off results in young men and women being drawn into this vicious cycle of ‘work for no pay.’ Brittany described that yes housing and food are provided but no pay for the work performed. People willing try to cross our borders to find a better life for themselves and their families, but when individuals are coerced into working for no pay and deprived the liberty to live life as human beings then every effort must be made to stop this kind of trafficking.

To volunteer, to donate, to report a missing kid or to learn more information on True Justice International please visit their website

Locally they have offices in Jacksonville (910) 939-5928 and New Bern (252) 631-5111.

National Human Trafficking Hotline

1 (888) 373-7888

Footnote: some of this story is reported from the True Justice International website