About the Café and Our Ministry

The café is operated by Open Door Church of Edenton, NC. Fighting human trafficking is a topic that the leadership of Open Door Church is passionate about. As we first started seeking information, it became apparent that we had connections with two organizations that we could help: New Hope Moldova and Rescue Her. We began to explore ways to help raise funds for both of these organizations.

Stephen and Rachel Gunther, from Gunther Law in Hertford, told us that a church-run café had once played a significant role in their lives, and they wanted to see our church provide the same environment. They own the building where the cafe operates and offered to allow the church to use the building rent free if we would give the profits to these organizations to help fight human trafficking.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. — Proverbs 31:8 (niv)

The genesis of the idea came in December of 2012 and the process was started. Rachel Krahenbill became a part of that process as she had been looking at opening her own bakery. She had some expertise in that area. So the three parts of the puzzle were the idea, the cause, and a person to lead it.

Much of the labor and upfitting of the building were donated by people who believed in the cause. When the café opened, it provided employment for five unemployed people, so from the start it has been a benefit to our community.

About the Scourge of Human Trafficking

Most Americans are unaware of how much the scourge of human trafficking has spread around the globe. It is even here in our own country, threatening our communities and children.

But groups are rising up against it, and Brew2Rescue Café is here to help them. Any money we have after we pay our bills and our workers goes directly to support groups fighting human trafficking.

How Human Trafficking Works

Traffickers use various techniques to keep victims enslaved. Some traffickers keep their victims under lock and key. However, the more frequent practice is to use less obvious techniques including:

  • Debt bondage — financial obligations, honor-bound to satisfy debt
  • Isolation from the public — limiting contact with outsiders and making sure that any contact is monitored or superficial in nature
  • Isolation from family members and members of their ethnic and religious community
  • Confiscation of passports, visas and/or identification documents
  • Use or threat of violence toward victims and/or families of victims
  • The threat of shaming victims by exposing circumstances to family
  • Telling victims they will be imprisoned or deported for immigration violations if they contact authorities
  • Control of the victims’ money, e.g., holding their money for “safe-keeping”

The result of such techniques is to instill fear in victims. The victims’ isolation is further exacerbated because many do not speak English and are from countries where law enforcement is corrupt and feared.

human trafficking facts - part 1

The United Nations estimate that over 30 million people worldwide are trafficked for forced labor, sexual exploitation or organ harvesting.

According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.

$32 billion is made every year off the bodies of women and young girls in sex trafficking.

80% of victims are female and 50% are children, the large majority forced into the commercial sex trade.

The average victim trapped in the sex trade is forced to have sex 20 times a day.

More than 2/3 of sex trafficked children suffer additional abuse at the hands of their traffickers.