Her heart must have been thudding in her chest as she sat squeezed between two older women in the backseat of a vehicle that was driven by an Uber driver. They began to yell at her, “You need to get your priorities straight….We need to make this money!” I imagine the pit in Angela’s* stomach began to grow as they neared the motel. She was on her way to her next appointment and her traffickers were breathing down her neck.
The Uber driver overheard and began to process the tense conversation going on behind him. He realized what was transpiring when he pulled away from the motel, he called to report it to the police.
It turns out, the driver’s inclination was correct, and this story made headlines across the nation. Sixteen-year-old Angela had been forced into the dark, cruel world of sex trafficking by the two women who accompanied her in the back of the vehicle. Because the driver took action, those women were caught, arrested and charged with “pimping and threatening a minor.”
Some might say Angela was lucky to have made it out of this heinous circumstance. At The Porch Light, we believe Angela should have never had to endure one day of exploitation! Hers is just one of many high profile sex trafficking cases across the nation that indicates the reality of the world we live in.
One critical component of The Porch Light ministry is using our expertise for advocacy and prevention. Over the past year, our expert staff of The Porch Light trained staff at major hospitals and law enforcement agencies to identify common signs in human trafficking victims.
In addition to our advocacy and prevention efforts, The Porch Light recently became the first certified safe home in Florida through the Department of Children and Families! Without the existence of The Porch Light, many young girls like Angela would still be captive and without hope.
Sex trafficking victim Charlotte* recently came into our care at The Porch Light safe home. She told her counselor, “I have never felt secure before living here; I was always scared that the next bad thing was waiting for me. Now I feel safe.”
Together, our goal and mission is to eliminate child sex trafficking! In order for The Porch Light to save more children’s lives, partners like you are so critical!
Thank you for partnering with us so that we can keep the doors open to our safe home and continue efforts to prevent child sex trafficking!
And don’t forget to do good and to share
with those in need. These are the sacrifices
that please God. HEBREWS 13:16 (NLT)
*Name, certain details and photograph have been changed for reasons of confidentiality.
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