Meet the Founders
"We are passionate about finding and rescuing girls who were sold into sexual slavery. We have the privilege of seeing the transformation of each precious girl."
Greg and Mala Malstead moved their young family to Mumbai, India in 2000 to work with an anti-trafficking organization. Compelled by a unique calling that combined God's heart for justice and His love for the oppressed, their dream was to rescue young girls from forced prostitution and bring systemic change to the sex-trafficking industry in India. During their five years in Mumbai, they also saw vast areas of India that no other NGO had explored. They wanted to bring rescue to the thousands of girls still held captive in sexual slavery.
In 2006, the Malsteads founded Freedom Firm in Ooty, Tamil Nadu. Freedom Firm’s investigative team was soon on the ground rescuing minor girls. The very first girl they rescued was Karishma, age 12. Soon Freedom Firm started regional offices in Pune and Nagpur, each with its own team of investigators, social workers, and police liaisons managing the rescues, regional aftercare and legal work in cities and surrounding areas populated by tens of millions of people.
Today, Freedom Firm has a total of 6 regional offices spread across India. These are established in the nation's most needy states and regions where trafficking is a major industry. The teams often travel within a 500 mile radius of their office to search for and rescue girls, and to follow up with rescued girls. As part of Freedom Firm's regional aftercare program, social workers regularly visit the girls who live in government shelter homes, providing counseling, health care, education and job training.
In Ooty, Mala, together with professional staff, developed a residential home that cared for rescued girls for the next five years. She also created Leg Up, a unique horse therapy program that taught the rescued girls to overcome fears and learn to care for others. In 2010, Freedom Firm transitioned from offering residential care to providing employment opportunities through Ruhamah Designs, a handicraft business created by Freedom Firm in Ooty.
Freedom Camps are one unique part of our restoration program. Each camp provides 25 girls with a whole week in the wilderness that combines learning, overcoming fears and having fun through a myriad of methods, stories, crafts, games, and activities. For most, it’s the only camp they will ever attend, and for many, the camp is life-changing.
Since 2006, Freedom Firm has rescued over 815 young women from commercial sexual exploitation. The hundreds of life interventions provided opportunities in moments of need: births, deaths, marriages, illnesses, conflicts, jobs, adoptions, education, friendships, therapy, money, food, shelter, sound advice, child care, and prayer, simply cannot be counted. Freedom Firm doesn't just rescue a girl, they walk with her for life.