Project 6.3.9 was founded in January 2016, six years after Tyler and Kristi James first heard the words “human trafficking”. Thinking that trafficking was a problem in large cities mainly, their hearts broke but they did not know how God wanted them to put their brokenness to action. Then, they learned that trafficking was in the city they called home, Jackson, MS, and they knew they had to do something. Years later, after praying and training, Project 6.3.9 was formed.
With over 30 volunteers, the heart of Project 6.3.9 is to share the love of God with trafficking victims throughout the metro-Jackson area by meeting their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. Through a network of safe houses, we seek to rescue trafficking victims from their modern-day slavery.
- From our work in Jackson – 99% of girls that we work with are sold along I-55 from High Street to County Line
- Close to 40% of the traffickers are family members of the victims. This is the most common form of trafficking in Mississippi.
- Globally the cost of a slave is less than $90.00-$100.00.
- In the sex trafficking industry, women make up 98% of those trafficked
- 63% of victims are sold via the internet each year
- 55% of the girls on the street are victims of sexual slavery
- 600,000-800,000 are trafficked across international borders each year. 80% are women and 50% are minors
- Human trafficking is the 2nd largest underground crime in the world only behind drug trafficking. It is the fastest growing in the world
- 1 in 3 runaways will be affected by trafficking within 72 hours of leaving home
- The trafficking industry generates 9.5 billion in revenue
- A pimp can make $150,000-$200,000 per child each year with an average of 4-6 girls
- One trafficking victim states that each trafficked person has a $500-$800 per day quota. Each trick pays an average of $40.00, which means each person must service 12-20 tricks per day to hit their quota.