The Porch Light
Even at this moment, there is another young girl falling victim to sex trafficking. A predator is gaining her trust, perhaps a “friend” she met online or at school. Her will and self esteem are breaking down, and she is questioning her worth. In the weeks and months ahead, she will be forced to do things she never knew existed. Her innocence will be traded for prostitution or other illicit sexual activities.
Every year, there are as many as 300,000 children like her in the U.S. whose lives have been turned upside down by sex trafficking while predators financially profit. Through The Porch Light program, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes (FBCH) will help restore these girls physically, emotionally and spiritually. Our light will shine until every young girl who has been victimized by sex trafficking is rescued, restored and set free. Just like a father who leaves the porch light on awaiting his daughter to return, our faith-based program symbolizes the love of Christ – a light that shines so bright and a love and peace that will turn lives around. Also, through prevention efforts, we will also make big strides to stop domestic sex trafficking before it starts for the next child.
GIVE! To begin this program in early 2014, we continue to seek financial gifts of all sizes from individuals, businesses and churches. The anticipated cost of the first home is $700,000. For those who would like to make a difference and help meet this need, specific sponsorship levels can be found here.
VOLUNTEER! To learn how you can volunteer to make a difference in these girls’ lives, click here.
LEARN MORE! To learn more about how this program began and how we knew our answer had to be “yes” when we were asked to take a lead in Florida to rescue these children, click here.
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Polk County Sheriff, Grady Judd
Click on this video to check out what Polk County Sheriff, Grady Judd has to say about The Porch Light and our event “Light the Night Gala” that was hosted at the Polk Theatre in January 2014.