My Why

 

 

When I was 15 years old I went on a mission trip to Thailand, where I saw girl, after girl my age and younger all standing in the street in their underwear...  I met one girl and  to even just speak to her I had to "pay"...  I asked my translator if we could take her out to dinner, away from this horrific scene.  My translator went and spoke to her trafficker and he allowed us to take her for an hour.  As we sat there  I tried to get her to run away with us, I told her I would take her someplace safe, but the grip they had on her and her family was too strong and she said I had to take her back...  But before we did I couldnt help but notice how much she kept looking at my bracelet.  I didnt think much of it, just some yarn I had braded together on the airplane over.  When I finally asked my translator "why does she keep looking at my bracelet, it's like 2 dollars"  my translator said "How much do you think we just paid to take her out?"...  it was the equivalent one 2 dollars!  For a human being!  My heart dropped in that moment as I immediately took off the bracelet and gave it to her.  Looking at her face you would have thought I had given her a million dollars, but I had given her something more valuable than money... I gave her an identity.  You see her traffickers had stripped away any personality this girl once had... When we dropped her back off at her (street corner) her trafficker saw the girl smiling and he became very angry with me, he said I could never come back...  I will never forget the look in his eyes and I will never forget the look in that little girls when I said "I am going to save you, I am going to save all of you..." 

As I grew up this passion for fighting sex trafficking only grew as I found out my very good friend was trafficked for 2 years of her life...  However this was IN AMERICA! 

My friend was 18 years old when her "boyfriend" instead of taking her to dinner took her to a hotel. It was there that he knocked her out and she woke up to 10 men gang raping her...  He threatened to kill her family and friends if she ever told...

 

To get away from these men she found a man who was a bar owner who said he could protect her.  Since the police would not believe her they just thought she was prostituting herself she had to trust this bar owner and work at the bar long hours with very little pay, he did protect her (at first)  but then one night he became very abusive and began to traffic her at night... locked in a room to be sold over and over to whoever was on the other side of that door. 

After 2 years of being brutally treated raped and tormented emotionally, physically and mentally one night she jumped out of the bedroom window and just started running towards the woods.  She prayed God would help her escape, and she was able to call a family member in another state and they came to pick her up. 

Although my friend was still so scared and shamed by what happened she kept it to herself.  She tried to tell people but they did not believe her... I watched as she suffered the shame of leaving the other girls being trafficked behind, the nightmares she could not escape, the constant fear she lived in from her PTSD. 

A few years later I convinced her to tell the authorities as it had been years and she was finally talking again, but the authorities said it had been too long...  They said they needed proof they needed witnesses and nobody was brave enough to speak for her...

This was 9 years ago. When I saw the pain in the face of my friend I felt that pain too in my heart.  I decided then that I was going to dedicate my life to this project to see my clothing botique give a safe place for restoration to survivors of sex trafficking!  9 years ago God gave me a vision for this shirt "WHAT MAKES YOU THINK SHE CHOSE THIS?"  This shirt is dedicated to my friend (who's name is not being released to keep her identity safe). (Photo is of a model, not a victim of sex trafficking) 

 

 

 

 

My friends recovery journey has been a rocky one to say the least counselors don't understand her, boyfriends disowned her once they found out her past.  Luckily my friend had me to talk to her and to help her, but not everyone has that luxury. That's why "safe houses" are so necessary they are safe from the danger of life and give them resources, counseling from people who understand what they went through and are going through and time to just be and feel safe... 

My goal is that we will have safe houses all throughout the U.S. and beyond.  That is why the mission of STOLEN ANGELS, INC. is to support survivors at a local safe house and why with every purchase you get to write a letter to a survivor of sex trafficking.  We believe so strongly that this will impact their life in such an amazing way and we will not stop until all our angels come home...  


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  • I am so very sorry I will be out of time for Launch Party. I pray you will have alot of support. Kathaline Woodruff

    Kathaline S. Woodruff CEO EMBRACE UNITY INC

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