Posted on September 9, 2012 by hollycraw
Julianne, Felicia and Marguerite* look like ordinary teens. They enjoy makeup, pretty dresses and occasionally cuddling with a teddy bear. They know all the current songs and movies and can articulate why they want to finish their education and get a college degree so they can get good jobs. They can be seen in serious moods when they are writing a play about choices and where each scenario is likely to take them in five years. Often, they can be observed laughing and giggling over some silly comments.
What you won’t see from the outside is the past from which they are healing. Families of origin that struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction form a common theme. Add to that various kinds of abuse, most encountered while they were still very young, and the stage was set for them to fall prey to the deceptive lies and physical coercion of sex traffickers who sold their bodies to numerous strangers every night. Physical abuse from both the pimps and the customers was the norm, and the psychological manipulations they used left deep tracks in the girls’ psyches.
These girls represent a few of the dozens of young ladies who have been residents atStreetLightUSA, a safe house and treatment center for teens who have been victims of child sex trafficking.
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Posted on July 7, 2012 by hollycraw
Abused, abandoned, or neglected, the young girls who are admitted to the StreetLightUSA center for sex trafficked minors are seeking affirmation and genuine love. These girls have been sexually exploited, either as payment for shelter and food, or as a commodity that is sold time after time for the financial gain of the pimp.
Girls are kept in a lifestyle of forced selling of their bodies through threats, intimidation, brute force and deception with promises of love and protection from those who may harm them. Hopelessness, despair, suicide attempts and self-destructive behaviors cover the feelings of shame, worthlessness, rage and fear that accompany such hostage situations. It takes determination and courage, and a tremendous amount of community support, for the these girls to work through the healing process and change their destinies.
Video: I will learn to love again by Kaci Brown
Read more: Girls in recovery: Sex trafficking survivors moving from darkness to life
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