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11 Jan

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Did you know that human trafficking isn’t just overseas? It’s right here in our backyard.
Florida ranks third in the nation for reported cases of human trafficking.


stats 2HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS A FORM
OF MODERN DAY SLAVERY

Through human trafficking, people profit from the control and exploitation of others. Children are being forced into many forms of slavery, including labor and sex trafficking, which are the two primary forms of trafficking we see throughout Place of Hope’s programs.

HOW WE PROVIDE HOPE
We are dedicated to providing safety and recovery for victims of domestic minor sex trafficking and labor trafficking through healthy family care, comprehensive case management, therapy, tutoring, mentoring, educational, physical and spiritual development, essential life-skills training, professional case management, access to quality medical care and support services to ensure their success. Whether in our safe house, our maternity home, our transitional housing, a foster home or a family cottage, victims can find a safe place to recover and find healing.

A STORY OF HOPE: JESSIE
Jessie human trafficking I was a victim of rape, abuse and exploitation, and I numbed all my pain with a drug addiction. I dropped out of school and was going nowhere fast. When I was finally placed in the gentle hands of Hope House Florida I was 17 years old with an 8th grade education. I worked very hard and earned my high school diploma before I aged out at 18. After aging out, I was accepted into Palm Beach State College where I am now attending school full time and doing very well. I pay my rent and my bills on time every month. I am also looking for a job but want to ensure that my education remains my main focus. I would like to be a detective and work with victims of human trafficking. I was recently baptized and I am over two years free of my substance addiction!

CHANGING LIVES
“I love partnering with Place of Hope because I see firsthand their commitment to meeting each and every child where they are at, showing them they are capable of far more than they believe. Seeing the Hope House girls working hard each month to create new products for the shoppe, knowing they are learning skills that are preparing them for life – that inspires me.” – Janelle Lang, owner of Shoppe 561

You can restore a life today! Give a gift and put “human trafficking recovery” in the notes.