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About NightLight Missouri

 

As a branch of NightLight International, NightLight Missouri (formerly NightLight Branson) is compelled by love to reach out to, rescue, and restore all those who are negatively impacted by sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in our local area. Our NightLight branch was founded in 2012, with a specific intent to focus on the needs of individuals in the Branson, MO and Tri-Lakes area. In the five years since the branch began, NightLight has continued to grow and expand our area of focus to meet the needs of the individuals we encounter through our outreach and restoration programs. In 2017, we officially decided to change the name of the branch to better communicate where NightLight is providing services.

NightLight Missouri continues to build on the original vision and works with individuals across the southwest region of Missouri, with our physical office located in Springfield. While Missouri certainly is not the largest trafficking “hub” in the United States, we continue to be conscious of the stories we encounter from local and regional women who have been exploited and oppressed here. Trafficking and exploitation happens anywhere that vulnerable populations and vulnerable individuals exist; including rural, suburban, and urban communities like those in Missouri. We recognize that vulnerability is a key component to trafficking, and risk factors creating vulnerability to exploitation in this region include some of the following complex issues:

Drug traffickingHigh poverty ratesDomestic and child abuse
Tourism and transportationSingle-parent familiesLimited education

 

The NightLight office in Springfield also houses the US sales and distribution operations for NightLight Design products, made by women employed by NightLight in Bangkok who have left the Red Light Districts in Thailand for dignified employment opportunities. Proceeds from NightLight Design jewelry sales allow NightLight Bangkok to continue to employ women with living wages and holistic restoration opportunities. Check out our online store, stop by our Springfield, MO warehouse to see the beautiful jewelry in person, or reach out to jewelry@nightlightinternational.com to host a party for your friends!

 

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