In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 10, 2012 at 11:43 am
Every day, women and girls across the country are working to integrate back into society after experiencing the trauma of human trafficking. In fact, according to one nonprofit group, one in four girls is sexually abused by the time they reach adulthood.
Wellspring Living has created two safe homes for victims in Georgia. One home is strictly for girls and teenagers, where the victims sometimes come in as young as 12. The second home is a safe place for adult women — they range in age from 18 to 35. But they all have something in common: they are survivors.
“It is a challenge from the day they walk in. Getting them through the phases and getting them through the process of recovery, and healing from all the things they’ve experienced,” said Lisa Byrd, the clinical director for the Wellspring Living women’s home.
(Elizabeth Prann for Fox News)
In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 30, 2012 at 11:22 am
Briggs recently founded Mission at Serenity Ranch, a nonprofit which hopes to create a facility to house up to eight girls ages 18-24 who have been victims of human trafficking. Briggs said that although one construction company has agreed to help build the facility free of labor, it would still cost about $250,000 just to fund the facility, which she hopes could break ground in 2013. Additional funding would be required for at least the first year of services, she said.
The program would provide a three phase process for the victims, Briggs explained. The first stage includes therapy and training on issues such as cooking and managing a budget, while achieving a high school diploma or GED. The second stage helps the victims with vocational training or certificate programs, and the final stage places them in a halfway house environment where they save money to later move into independent living.
(Matt Stephens for Your Houston News)
In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 29, 2012 at 1:00 am
In back-to-back rescue operations this week, IJM helped local police to rescue several girls from their suspected traffickers.
First, IJM Mumbai received intelligence of a potential trafficking case: A mother was desperate to save her daughter, anxious that she had been trafficked to a town a few hours away. Although IJM had not worked in the particular region before, the team believed that the intelligence was strong enough – and that the risk to this young girl was great enough – to launch an immediate investigation.
A team of IJM investigators, lawyers and social workers mobilized quickly, successfully locating the apartment where they believed the young girl was trapped. Law enforcement officials arrived on the scene within fifteen minutes to investigate. They entered the building and found two young women – but not the daughter they were searching for.
(International Justice Mission)