100 for $10, 30-Day Challenge

You are invited to join us for our first 30-Day fundraising challenge. Here's the challenge: you'll have 30 days starting September 1st to get 100 of your friends, family and/or colleagues to donate $10 a month for a year or $120 one time annually. The money raised will directly benefit children who have been exploited by trafficking.

About Us

Over 367 children rescued so far!

Our global mission is to support real-time rescues for children and to provide recovery programs for survivors of all ages to help them reclaim their lives by empowering them with skills, training and education to create new possibilities.

Our Mission

Our mission is to support the rescue of children, provide trafficked survivors with tools that can help them reclaim their lives.

Our Vision

To see all children who have been trafficked, let go of the trauma and tragedy and begin living thriving lives. We envision a world where sex trafficking no longer exists.

Our Plan

We provide support for rescue missions, provide tools for recovery, and help survivors to reclaim their lives through empowerment programs and continued education.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Throughout the world children as young as 4 years old are being tortured and abused as sex slaves. The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14 years old. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children and reports indicate that a large number of child sex trafficking survivors in the U.S. were at one time in the foster care system.

After years of being sexually abused, when too sickly, children are often sold by their captures to have their vital organs harvested without anesthesia and left to die.

Here in the U.S., child trafficking has become bigger business than gun and drug selling.

In 2018, over half (51.6%) of the criminal human trafficking cases active in the U.S. were sex trafficking cases involving only children.

How You Can Help

At Lotus Rising International we partner with professional schools that offer education in areas such as cosmetology, photography, art, bookkeeping and more. We are looking to align with schools and institutions that would like to donate scholarships to our survivors so that they may learn a trade to earn a living and to further build their self esteem and value. Please contact Maria Aparis at Maria.Aparis@yahoo.com


There are warrior organizations that have teams that risk their lives to save the lives of children enslaved in brothels across the world. We have assisted with the saving of over 200 children to date. We continue to support their courageous efforts that have them literally in the line of fire with gangs and smugglers.


We work with programs that are designed to build self-esteem and self-worth so that our children discover that what happened in their past does not have to define their future.

Where Your Donations Go

Meet The Team

Maria Aparis


"The second I learned that children as young as four years old were being forced into sex slavery, a force stirred inside of me and I knew that my soul would not rest until I did everything that I possibly could to end this inhumanity. I absolutely will not stop until every child that has been enslaved is set free, has recovered and has reclaimed her sovereignty."

Joe Evans


“I was not aware that the human trafficking business was larger than guns and drugs put together. I was going through my life and not taking responsibility for this injustice. I realized if it’s to be it’s up to me.”

Autumn Graca


"Once I saw how one person can immediately change a child’s reality, I became obsessed with creating the opportunity for our children to live in a world of possibility, unlimited potential and freedom."

Board of Directors

"The child is both a hope and promise for all of mankind."
- Maria Montessori

Sara Bohmholdt

"My passion to get involved in this cause started years ago. I was inspired by a presentation I saw during a tech conference from another organization fighting against human sex trafficking. My eyes were opened, my heart was broken, I just knew that I had to volunteer and help in any way that I could. I was astounded at the pervasiveness of this horrific industry, the magnitude of children and adults involved and the revenue it was generating world wide. This wasn't an underground business, it was happening under our noses, in plain sight. I started to share my voice, create awareness of the issues but it wasn't enough. I knew that I needed to do more, there was a calling deep inside of me. By chance I was introduced to the work that Lotus Rising International (LRI) was doing and I knew I had to join their cause and work with this organization - this was the mission I had been waiting for. I am honored to be working alongside some of the most passionate warriors that I have ever met, together, with your help, we will put a stop to human sex trafficking."

Darin Heames

"This is one of those dark realities that is difficult to face. It is hard to imagine that something like this even can exist in our world today…especially at this kind of level. But once you acknowledge it…see it…accept that it is happening, then you have to make a choice. Will you be a silent bystander and allow it to continue? Or will you rise up…and take a stand?"

Benet Heames

"Human trafficking is a global issue that must be addressed. Working with Lotus Rising provides an opportunity to step into this problem and provide resources for organizations domestically and internationally working to solve this crisis. Los Angeles (my home) has been identified as a major hub of human trafficking - we must educate our population on how to see signs of abuse and the protocols to take when necessary. I am grateful to contribute my time and energy to this organization."

Sujon Datta

"Everyday I hope to inspire, guide, and empower people to open their hearts to live in their highest potential. However, there are individuals who are walking this planet who don’t have any ability or resources to escape gruesome misfortunes. There are citizens who are mistreated with such cruel acts as they are imprisoned by monstrous and barbarous individuals. Sex trafficking is a severe problem that is ruining millions of innocent lives. These beautiful souls are enslaved and subjected to inhumane and torturous treatment - all to make dirty money. There are children and young women who have been so broken inside and out that they lose all hope, desire, and faith in humanity. It seemingly feels impossible.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. Tens of millions of lives have lost this basic human right. Lotus Rising International is offering a selfless act of love to help bring healing, dignity, hope, and full recovery to those who need it the most. We must empower these tormented, enslaved and abused human beings. Let’s give these children and women their lives back. Let’s do what’s necessary. Let’s do impossible."