Athena Ives

Certified Human Trafficking Investigator, Author, Public Speaker & Marine Combat Veteran 

Save the Children Operation Asia 2021

Save The Children Mission

I survived a religious cult, familial child rape, combat, and years of trauma. I coped with my pain through researching child predators to understand what happened to me. Some of my traumatic events almost pushed me to take my own life, but I chose to fight back. I chose to dedicate my life to protect children and rescue as many as I can from sex trafficking. I have a Masters in Forensic Investigations and am currently finishing up my PhD in Forensic Psychology specializing in Cultural Influence on resilience in sex trauma survivors. After spending several years in Asia conducting field research, I pursued my life’s calling and recently became a Certified Human Trafficking Investigator. I recently made the easiest and most difficult decision to return to Asia next year (2021) as part of a Volunteer Special Ops Child Sex Trafficking Rescue Team. While I’m there I will also be conducting field research on sex trafficking, documenting my journey, and continuing to educate and bring awareness about sex trafficking. Because this is a volunteer mission, I am going to be fundraising to cover my expenses.

Sex trafficking brings in over $99 billion annually.

Millions of children are sex trafficking victims and are sold on average 6 times a day.

Sex tourism is common throughout Asia and many travel to these countries specifically for sex with children.

I will update you all through my social media platforms. Please understand that due to the nature of my work, I won’t be able to share everything I’m doing in order to protect those involved.

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