We now know.
It's easy to believe human trafficking happens somewhere else, certainly not in our community and not near our children. We were wrong.
But there is always hope.
Magdalene's exists today to inform the public about the reality of sex trafficking in our community and to assist adult women survivors of sexual exploitation.
This is why...
Florida ranks third in the U.S. in human trafficking cases.
More than 70% of those cases are for sex trafficking.
DCF reports NW Florida has the highest trafficking intake rate in the State per 100 children in population.
The most prevalent form of trafficking in our area is a person being trafficked by members of their own family.
This is how...
Why are we starting with sex trafficking?
Victims can be sold 15-40 times every 24 hours
“Within 48 hours of running away 1 out of 3 children are solicited for sex. Victims can be sold 15-40 times every 24 hours. 1 in 9 children receive online sexual solicitation.
- Human Trafficking Statistics & Resources, Selah Freedom
Trauma occurs repeatedly … and includes catastrophic…and entrapping trauma.
“For these victims, complex trauma occurs repeatedly and cumulatively, usually over a period of time and often includes catastrophic, deleterious and entrapping trauma that can be persistent and devastating.”
- Evelyn P. Boyer, Ph.D., as published in www.HumanTraffickingSearch.org
What is most consistently expressed is the lack of qualified shelter care.
Estimates for the number of people at risk of becoming trafficking victims in the United States varies widely, from 100,000 to 300,000. What is most consistently expressed is the … [lack] of qualified shelter care programs to aid victims in their healing and restoration back into society.
- National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance