Trafficking in the Oil Field

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.” 
― William Faulkner

Trafficking in the Oil Fields

Aryn Baker, in a 1/17/19 article for Time magazine, reported on the efforts of one woman determined to make a difference against trafficking in the oil fields of North Dakota.  She says:

"In 2012, Windie Lazenko was working for a support organization for sex-trafficking survivors in Florida when she started hearing strippers and sex workers talking about the money to be made in the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota and Montana. Figuring that wherever there was a demand for prostitutes, pimps and traffickers were sure to follow, Lazenko drove to Williston on a reconnaissance mission.

The situation, she says, was “worse than horrific.” Pimps had colonized the two local strip clubs and most of the hotels, but bartenders and front-desk managers had no idea what was going on. “They all thought the women were there by choice,” says Lazenko. The only women’s shelter in town was for domestic-abuse victims, and it wasn’t equipped to deal with trafficking victims. Police investigators, Lazenko says, often ended up alienating and retraumatizing victims with insensitive questions about the number of johns they had slept with or why they never tried to get away.

Lazenko ended up staying in Williston to found 4her North Dakota, a one-woman organization dedicated to helping trafficking victims. She started button-holing hotel managers, front-desk personnel, bartenders and baristas for impromptu training on how to spot signs of trafficking...And she gave presentations to the Williston police department about how to treat potential victims, and went with federal investigators on raids."  (Read the full article here.)

The article identifies Lazenko's anti-trafficking passion with this concluding statement, "She is trying to do for trafficked women what she wishes someone had done for her back when she was 13"  (when she herself was trafficked).

One woman on a mission to change the world.  I think she's doing it.

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In-N-Out Burger Combats Trafficking

Fight the New Drug reports: "Many organizations have joined the fight against this massive problem in our society, and now our favorite burger joint is one of them.  Throughout the month of January—which is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month—In-N-Out Burger has been encouraging customers to donate to their nonprofit organization Slave 2 Nothing and help fight sexual exploitation.  Their website says, “During January, in support of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, In-N-Out Burger® will match your donation 3-to-1 up to $250,000."  


Save the date: The Restoring Hope Fundraising Gala for Engedi Refuge Ministries will be on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the   Four Points by Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham WA 98229.  Click here for details.


  • Human trafficking generates $32 billion annually

  • From 2015 to 2016, there was a 35.7% increase in reported cases of human trafficking in America

  • 30,000 victims of sex trafficking die each year from abuse, disease, torture, and neglect

  • 44% of polled human trafficking survivors estimated they were age 17 or younger when they were first sexually exploited (Source: Fight the New Drug)