The vision for Sold No More began more than twenty six years ago when our Founder and Director, Jerry Peyton, experienced the devastation of sex trafficking in his own family. In order to address the growing problem of trafficking in our community, Sold No More was launched three years ago and originally called Streetlight Tucson. Working with local churches, like-minded organizations and individuals, our mission is to end sex trafficking in Tucson and provide a hopeful solution to this problem through a three-fold strategy: prevention/awareness, enforcement/prosecution, and protection/restoration.
Read more about their strategy HERE.
While Sold No More eagerly partners with those who do not share our spiritual convictions, we are a ministry motive by the love of Christ. God's heart for those being exploited and oppressed, particularly children, is clear in Psalm 10:18, “Doing justice for the fatherless and the oppressed, so that the men of the earth may terrify them no more.” We believe God is working to see people set free and restored from exploitation and it is our hope to join Him in His work.
Sold No More partners with leaders, churches, organizations, and governmental agencies sharing our mission and core values:
The eradication of human trafficking—especially sex trafficking.
Unity: broad collaboration and cooperation with other organizations
Integrity: in the lives of leaders and in organizational operations and reporting
Strategic importance: focused on critical needs and timely issues
Solid research & development: analysis of local, national, and international sex trafficking activities along with active and proposed solutions
Humility: seeking the assistance of others and not being concerned about who gets the credit. While we believe that our mission is dear to the heart of God and critical at this point in history, it is not “more important” than other callings or missions.
Respect: dealing with differences in a respectful manner, not attacking or accusing others, not publicly criticizing others but dealing with disagreements privately
Sex trafficking – it’s a hidden crime but it is happening right here in our community.
On Saturday the local non-profit group “Sold No More,” held their Walk 4 Freedom to help raise awareness on the issue.
Peyton, the Executive Director of Sold No More, said more than 2,000
7th through 12th graders in the Tucson area are involved in sex
trafficking every year.
His own daughter was sex trafficked when she was just 14 years old.
said a close classmate of hers had committed suicide. She felt guilty
and had a difficult time dealing with the trauma and ran away from home.
winds up from being a model kid to living in a home with four men who
were using her for sex, taking her to Nogales to smuggle drugs across
the boarder. So she says yeah all of the sudden I’m prostituting, drug
smuggling and pole dancing at 14,” Peyton said.
the non-profit, Sold No More, six years ago after his daughter was
rescued from sex trafficking. He’s dedicated his life to putting a stop
to it in Tucson. He said 80 percent of sex trafficking victims are
Sold No More is the only organization in the U.S.
providing sex trafficking prevention education throughout a school
district. He said traffickers are increasingly using social media and
phone apps to contact vulnerable teenagers.
He said students are also pressured by their peers to provide sexual photos or perform sexual acts.
talk about your cell phones and images. Images of minors, sexual
images, that’s called child pornography. It’s a felony to have it, show
it, or send it. I was standing next to a teacher in the assembly and she
said, do you see what the kids are doing in the bleachers? They all
pulled their cell phones out – they’re deleting pictures, because they
all have it,” Peyton said.
Peyton said we all need to keep our
eye out for warning signs of how to spot a sex trafficking victim. He
said young girls wearing stiletto heels is typically a universal sign
for predators that she’s “for sale.”
He also said girls checking
into hotel rooms with much older men, and avoiding eye contact – are
also suspicious signs that you need to report to law enforcement.
National Human Trafficking Hotline is 1-888-373-7888.
You can text INFO
or HELP to Befree 233733. For more information on Sold No More click