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What is human trafficking?

Human Trafficking Is Modern-day Slavery And Involves The Use Of Force, Fraud, Or Coercion To Obtain Some Type Of Labor Or Commercial Sex Act.Sex Trafficking Thrives Because There Is A Demand.Sex trafficking is the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of commercial sex act in exchange for something of value. Minors under the age of 18 engaging in commercial sex are considered to be victims of human trafficking, and they don't have to prove the use of force, fraud, or coercion. 

 Children Can Be Sexually Exploited In Different Ways: Prostitution, Pornography, And/or Erotic Entertainment.Buyers Creates Demand And Floods The Market With Money. Pimps/traffickers Supplies The Demand And Exploits Victims: Men, Women, And Children. They Are Raped For Profit And Sold As A Commodity

What happens when a girl or boy is recovered?

No one has a place for them to go. Not the Feds, not the State, not CPS, no one.  Even if there were available spaces, there is a lack of placement available to them that primarily focus on their healing and restoration. A majority of the time they are identified as criminals and treated as such (incarcerated). Many are never identified as trafficking victims and many victims believe the choices they made led them to be trafficked.  The pimp/trafficker psychologically manipulates (brainwashing) them into believing:

  1. He’s their boyfriend or father figure.  He will gain their trust by meeting their every need, even if that means (at first) they just have a trusted friend to talk to.
  2. They can’t go to law enforcement because they will be taken to jail.
  3. They can’t tell anyone what’s happened to them because the trafficker threatens to blackmail her with pictures or videos, or she’ll be bullied at school for ‘sleeping around’.

If my child were rescued, I would want him/her to come home with me.

They have experienced a level of complex trauma and PTSD that an average parent is untrained in how to properly help their child. They require a unique level of counseling for their healing and restoration. While a parent means well some can suffer from secondary trauma themselves and can be ill equipped to walk their child through the healing process.

  1. He’s their boyfriend or father figure.  He will gain their trust by meeting their every need, even if that means (at first) they just have a trusted friend to talk to.
  2. They can’t go to law enforcement because they will be taken to jail.
  3. They can’t tell anyone what’s happened to them because the trafficker threatens to blackmail her with pictures or videos, or she’ll be bullied at school for ‘sleeping around’.

What is TVF doing to help?

Treasured Vessels Foundation is a residential community in North Texas operating as a clinically therapeutic aftercare program for survivors  of domestic sex trafficking. Phase I serves women ages 18-24 years old. Phase II, set to launch in 2021 will serve children ages 9-17 in a secure, tiny home community.

How long is the rehabilitation program?

A minimum of 18 months. Some will need longer care for their rehabilitation and we want to make longer programs available to ensure they are healthy and whole before they are released.
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Learning About Human Trafficking

Over this past year we have managed to become a part of different task forces and learn from CPS, to help us understand the lane we were meant to run in. This has helped us get closer to tailoring our program to the needs of each survivor.

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This video was produced by the Attorney General of Texas. Human trafficking is a media buzz word that often conjures images of brothels in Thailand or confusion with the ongoing immigration debate. This innovative digital training tool cuts through the confusion, arms the viewer with an understanding of what human trafficking is and is not, and helps them recognize that this is a Texas problem with Texas buyers, sellers, and victims.

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