Girls in recovery: Sex trafficking survivors moving from darkness to life

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

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Moving from death to life, emptiness to fullness Photo credit: Holly Craw with Ravyn Crescent; Artwork done by the girls.