These rescue operations happen because of work that the police are doing, tips to the national hotline (888-3737-888), and because of people who care and stay alert about the issue.
When girls and young women have fallen victim to this especially horrible form of abuse, they go to the nations largest and leading Familial Human Trafficking Program – the Short Creek Dream Center.
The good news is that they are getting recovered…EVERY DAY!
But no one talks about what happens next.
Do they go home?
Do they go to a hospital?
Do they pick right back up where they left off in 8th grade…?
Frankly, we don’t talk about it much because it’s not a pretty story.
Some of the stories about what these girls go through AFTER being trafficked are almost as painful as talking about the abuse.
In the picture-perfect Hollywood story, the girl gets rescued, then goes home to a warm, welcoming family instantly healed of the trauma and abuse and they live happily ever after.
That story sells tickets and makes us feel better about a horrible truth in our world.
But the truth is often gut-wrenching, ugly, painful, messy, and hard to look at.
The truth is, girls and young women who’ve been trafficked usually need months and sometimes YEARS of intensive help before they ever get “better”.
Over the past 6 years working with these girls and young women who have been trafficked by their families, we’ve seen a lot…