Giving Back: How Sandler Made a Difference in 非洲

Odds are you have never heard of Jennifer Crow – but you should definitely know her story. 她是乐博网页版首页独一无二的实践者.

詹妮弗不是销售员. 她不是销售主管. She’s got no sales responsibility, direct or indirect. She is the is the founder of the Beautiful Dream Society, 俄克拉荷马州501(c)3公司, 莱索托美丽梦想协会, 政府认证的机构, dedicated to fighting exploitation and instilling value by helping victims of 人口贩卖 and orphans in Lesotho, 非洲. Jennifer and her organization work in support of the United States government’s mission to stop 人口贩卖 worldwide.

“We are the first and only shelter for victims of 人口贩卖 in the country of Lesotho,” Jennifer explained in a recent interview with Sandler’s Mike Montague. “We work in coordination with the Lesotho government and with the US embassy there. We also raise awareness to schoolchildren in Lesotho about the realities of 人口贩卖. Not many people have heard of the country of Lesotho. So, a little background information: this is the second highest per capita for HIV infection of any country in the entire world, and that problem causes a huge number of children without parents in Lesotho, because their parents have passed away due to HIV/AIDS, and that makes them vulnerable to 人口贩卖 operations in the surrounding country of South 非洲.

“Many kids in Lesotho are offered fraudulent work opportunities in South 非洲. 他们饿了, 他们是可怜的, 他们对未来不抱希望, 他们没有父母, 他们看不到在他们面前的选择. 终于有一天,他们得到了工作. They agree to take the job because they don’t think they have any other choice. They’re taken across the border to South 非洲 without proper documentation, and even though they’ve been promised a job in a shop or in some other setting, 当他们到达目的地时, they end up being 强迫 into sex trafficking or labor trafficking schemes. 很多脆弱的孩子都受到了威胁, 强迫, 滥用, 然后被这些组织的人强奸. They’re imprisoned and forced to work, either as sex workers or as manual laborers. Sometimes they are forced to work eighteen or twenty hours a day for very little pay – nothing like what they were promised. So, we help these rescued women and girls who have either escaped with the help of the police or they’ve escaped on their own. We help to rehabilitate them and help them find healing and safety. 这是乐博体育app下载的使命.

Perhaps you’re wondering at this point – what does any of this have to do with Sandler? 很多.

“乐博体育app下载做的其他事情,”珍妮弗解释说, “is help monitor the border crossing points between Lesotho and South 非洲, to try and intercept young girls before they cross the border. We aim to identify girls who are being targeted by human traffickers, 一对一地与他们交流, and let them know they have options they may not have considered. There are some special techniques that we’ve learned about bonding and rapport and interviewing from Sandler, and we’re happy to say that that’s been a very effective program for us.

“So, a 14-year-old girl, for example, might not have a passport because she’s an orphan. And the person she’s texting with or talking to in South 非洲 might tell her, “不用担心, you can still get a job even if you don’t have to have a passport, 乐博体育app下载会让你顺利通过当局.“现在, there are very long lines of people at these immigration facilities, and our team is specially trained to study those lines so they can try to stop the abuse before it happens, before these girls even cross the border – because that would be better than having them come to our shelter after they’ve been 滥用 for two years. And our monitors know how to identify young people who look like they don’t know exactly what they’re doing. Maybe they say they’re traveling; they’re going to stay in South 非洲 for six months…but they have no suitcase. Something like that catches our attention, and so our team wants to interact with them. 你可以想象, this is a conversation with someone who needs to be handled with great care, 因为他们是脆弱的人. 他们不知道谁可以信任. So, our monitors will use Sandler’s bonding and rapport techniques, and they will also use the Sandler pain funnel questions, 与这些有风险的孩子进行强有力的对话. And those conversations have helped a lot of them to change their plans, 为了远离人贩子, to avoid situations where they would have been victimized horribly – and to get the help they need.”

这是一个惊人的故事, and Sandler – in the form of franchisee Mike Crandall, who awarded a scholarship to Jennifer’s organization – helped to make it possible.

To learn more, check out our interview with Jennifer Crow.

Click here to donate to Jennifer Crow’s organization, Beautiful Dream Society.