About the founder


History contains the stories of great men, women, organizations, and civilizations; seemingly birthed and developed for a predestined purpose to impact the lives of many. .

Dr. Marlene Carson, Sur-thriver of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, is one of America’s foremost authorities on the subject of human trafficking. While many have a textbook knowledge of the perils faced by teenage girls and young adult women who are forced into prostitution. Dr. Carson knows from her own personal experience. At age 15 she became one of the tens of thousands of girls and young adult women who are exploited daily. Through faith in Christ and sound biblical teaching, Dr. Carson’s misery became a mission to hurting teen girls and women who are seeking to be free.

In 2008 Dr. Carson Founded Rahab’s Hideaway, a fully comprehensive residential treatment facility. It is the mission of Rahab’s Hideaway to develop appropriate responses to meet the needs of those who have become victims of human trafficking/prostitution including; but not limited to, the development of a model facility that can provide refuge and facilitate recovery. Such a facility could meet the needs of our community and provide a template, which if followed by others could extend the benefits of our good efforts across our country and around the world.

Dr. Carson has over 25 years' experience in marketing and promotions, as well as a track record for strategic planning within organizations resulting in demonstrated growth and profitability. Her entrepreneurial spirit is more than zealous--it's results-driven. Dr. Carson’s natural networking ability and know-how enables her to connect need with resource on various levels of business. She is currently using her natural ability to bring a skilled team together to develop SWITCH, A National Anti-Human Trafficking Network. She believes that together, we can become the solution to one of the greatest human rights struggles of our day, and set the survivors on a new path to freedom, hope and restoration.

Dr. Carson is a native and resident of Columbus, Ohio, but her heart for victimized women knows no boundaries. Her knowledge of human trafficking and its victims has caused her to be a sought-after speaker on the subject. She’s not only the voice of the victim, but the voice of the victor inside each of the women desiring to make a change. Her zeal has effected a vision that is unique in its application and effective in its efforts to reach victimized women, remove them from their abuser, and provide a safe environment to regroup and rebuild. Dr. Carson’s work has been featured on Katie Couric, Oprah (website) CNN Freedom Project as well as National and local News around the US.

Dr. Carson travels the world educating others on human trafficking covering the scope and nature of the problem; trafficking routes, trends, and patterns; and related issues including rule of law such as corruption, money laundering, pimp control, and transnational criminal activity.