After doing a full literature analysis on the demand side of human trafficking, Heather Tuininga, Executive Director of the Luke 12:48 Foundation, discovered several statistics about men who purchase sex, one of which wouldn’t leave her mind: 74-86% of the men who purchased sex bought by the time they were 25 years old. NEST was born after 24 hours of collaboration between eight anti-trafficking curriculum providers and three interested funders collaborated and discovered that there was already a great group of existing curriculums available (for educating both boys and girls) and the best thing to do was to get the word out to educators across the country, so that more youth could get this valuable information and human trafficking would decline.
The NEST vision is to be a comprehensive clearinghouse that serves to empower and equip educators by providing youth-focused prevention resources to those committed to eliminating sex trafficking in their communities. We believe that if we work together to teach every youth about the realities and dangers of human trafficking, we can end the devastating cycle of supply of demand for trafficked victims.
We aim to get human trafficking prevention education in every school and youth organization in the United States that empowers and equips youth with the knowledge and skills to stand up against sex trafficking and ultimately create a culture that supports a world free of gender-based violence.