UP FROM HERE
EMBRACING SEX TRAFFICKING SURVIVORS WITH COMFORT AND SUPPORT AS THEY TRANSITION FROM SLAVERY TO A SAFE PLACE.
"I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land.”
- HARRIET TUBMAN
Starting on Thursday, March 9th at 7pm CT - Strippers, sex workers, escorts, prostitutes, sex trafficking victims and survivors… This Bible Study is for you! We cover meaningful topics specifically for you…. Relevant to your life. This is where you get hope, healing, encouragement and breakthrough weekly.
It’s only up from here!
Provide financial assistance for transportation, housing, safe house program fees, immediate needs during transition from sex trafficking to FREEDOM.
Building the relationship between victims and those called to serve and help them. Educating service providers with Trauma Informed Care training to understand the mind of victims in the moments of recuse & escape.
FACTS AND STATISTICS
It is very challenging to find accurate statistics and facts about sex trafficking, because this crime is under reported. The global statistics available reflect what is reported. Imagine how much greater the problem actually is!
The United States is one of the top 3 nations in which trafficking originates.
-U.S. Dept. of State Trafficking In Persons Report
Top 3 States in the USA where Sex Trafficking is Reported
1. California 2. Texas 3. Florida
Studies consistently report that 50-90% of child sex trafficking victims have been involved in the child welfare system.
-Child Welfare Information Gateway
The United States is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, transgender individuals, and children—both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals— subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor.
-U.S. Dept. of State T.I.P.
Every 2 minutes a child is being prepared for sexual exploitation.
There are girls as young as 5 and 6 years old in the U.S. that are forced to do sexual acts for economic gain by their pimp.
–U.S. Department of Justice
In some cases children may be born into sex trafficking, or be forced into it as a toddler. Sex trafficking of those that are younger than 10 years old when they entered the life is perpetrated almost exclusively by family members, often a father or stepfather.
The average age a girl enters the commercial sex trade is 12-14 years old. For boys, it’s even younger, just 11-13 years old.
-National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
4,500,000 are being trafficked for forced labor through sexual exploitation every year; this is in addition to the millions already held captive by trafficking.
Each year, as many as 100,000-300,000 American children are at risk of being trafficked for commercial sex in the United States.
-U.S. Department of Justice
Field research in nine countries concluded that 60-75% of women in prostitution were raped, 70-95% were physically assaulted, and 68% met the criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the same range as treatment-seeking combat veterans.
-Farley, Melissa et al. 2003. "Prostitution and Trafficking in Nine Countries: An Update on Violence and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder." Journal of Trauma Practice
70% of female trafficking victims are trafficked into the commercial sex industry, including porn, stripping, and legal brothels.
-US Department of Justice, Assessment of US Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons
Up to 95% have a history of childhood sexual abuse.
-Melissa Farley, Prostitution and Sexual Violence Psychiatric Times
A study published in the scientific Journal of Trauma Practice found that 89% of women in prostitution wanted to escape but had no other means of survival.