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Whatever We Can Do, However Long It Takes

  What do letters, coffee, self-defense, and tattoo removal have in common? They're an example of the fact that we will do whatever we can do to ensure that a young lady feels supported on her journey to healing and independence! To illustrate this, allow us to tell you the story of one of our precious young ladies. December 2015: we were given a referral from the chaplain at the local county jail, asking us to meet with a young inmate who had been involved in trafficking for quite some time. Naturally, we jumped at the opportunity! We met with her and she shared with us her story of being trafficked, that she grew up in foster care, had no...

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Exploiting The Vulnerable Part 2: Homelessness And Sex Trafficking

“Trafficking is the exploitation of vulnerability.” In this blog series, we’re discussing four key triggers that make a person more vulnerable to sex trafficking. The first factor that we discussed was foster care.  (Click here to see three reasons why foster kids are especially at risk for sex trafficking.) This week we’re discussing what is quite possibly the most obvious factor: homelessness.  Homeless youth are particularly at risk because of their obvious need for shelter and other basic essentials. Here are some numbers to show the gravity of the situation: - Nationally, as many as 2.4 million children run away from home each year. - 1 out of every 3 homeless teens will be lured toward prostitution within 48 hours...

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Exploiting The Vulnerable Part 1: Foster Care And Sex Trafficking

We once heard it said that “trafficking is the exploitation of vulnerability.” A trafficker is someone who identifies an area of vulnerability in an individual - be it financial, psychological, some form of physical dependence, etc. - and exploits that vulnerability, using it for personal gain.  This raises the question, “Who, then, is vulnerable?” That question is the subject of our new blog series, Exploiting the Vulnerable: Key Triggers for Sex Trafficking. What experts have found and what we have learned to be true in our experiences is that there are key triggers that set a young person in the U.S. at risk for sexual exploitation. We have identified four common elements that are present in the backgrounds of the...

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It's Not Normal - "The Product"

The Product. Every business centers around a product that is being sold. It is that good or service that people seek out and others work to sell. When we look at human trafficking through the lens of business it becomes immediately clear that the product in this business isn’t just sex, it’s people. The problem is that the customers (the Johns) and the salesmen (the pimps) see these young women as a product rather than a human. But more than that, the issue is not just that the Johns and pimps find it normal to dehumanize people in this way, but that the girls themselves seem to have lost their humanity to the point that they find it normal to...

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