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10 Things Freedoms Means to a Survivor

Happy Independence Day to everyone in the United States! This week, plenty of families will get together to cook out, watch fireworks, and reflect on our country’s freedom. It seems like the people who really understand and appreciate freedom are those who have had it taken away. Sadly, not everyone is free, even today. Across the world and in the United States, many people are trapped in modern-day slavery, also known as human trafficking. It is predicted that there are currently 200,000 victims of human trafficking in the United States alone. Colleen Stratton, an advocate for Eye Heart World, will enjoy Fourth of July fireworks with her family and reflect on her freedom, but her definition is a bit different...

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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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