Every day, 5 to 8 girls and young women are recovered out of forced polygamy…right here in the United States!
Sadly…MANY are children who were forced into “arranged” marriages against their will and they want to be free.
Short Creek Dream Center
Thankfully girls are speaking out like in the recent Netflix Series, “Keep Sweet”.
And, thankfully, the FBI and other dedicated law enforcement are recovering these girs.
But nobody every talks about what happens next?
How on earth do these girls and young women, who have largely never been exposed to the “real world” ever get better?
Many of them are forced out of school at ages as young as 11 or 12 so that they can prepare to be a “good wife” to some guy in his 50s who already has 2 or three other wives.
So, how do they recover in the “real world”?
Do they go home?
Do they go to a hospital?
Do they pick right back up where they left off in school…?
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”.
One answers for these young women as they go to the Short Creek Dream Center – the nation’s largest human trafficking shelter committed to recovering girls and young women out of the polygamous form of human trafficking.
Several years ago a small group of people, led by Warren Jeff’s 65th wife (that’s not a typo, 65th wife) took over one of Jeff’s largest “homes” where he used to keep many of his wives.
After they completely gutted and removed the 44-bedroom house, they opened it up to girls and young women being recovered out of polygamy.
Hundreds of survivors have since been sponsored and have been healed in this place.
Here are just a few of the things these girls and women have shared with us after serving hundreds of them…
They are led to believe that their entire world revolves around serving their husbands like a slave and pumping out babies.
They have been forced to marry the person who ended up being their rapist.
They are physically abused, locked in basements and closets, beaten, and drugged just like you would an animal.
Their children are withheld from them and they are expelled and not allowed to even talk to their children if they are in not submissive in any small way to their husbands.
The husbands are free and encouraged to beat them and discipline them, very similar to what you would see in a third-world country practicing some other form of an oppressive religion.
Once they get out they are thrust into a world they know very little about and question everything.
They have often love lost the will to love and have in many cases even been trained religiously that to have those emotions for their children is a bad thing.
They have lost faith and hope in humanity and have been told and brainwashed for many years that outsiders are bad people.
So, no, they don’t just go home and start back in school where they left off…
Every day, we see the “rest of the story” and the HUGE need these girls have.
And what is their greatest need?
The greatest need these girls have is for people to come alongside them and help them as they heal.
Some people teach classes or mentor the girls. But not everyone has the time to truly commit to sticking with these girls while they heal. It’s a process…for sure.
Many people have decided to try sponsoring a girl as she heals. It’s something that most people can do and it truly does help these girls and young women get the thing they need most – HEALING.
Effective sponsorships start at as little as $10 per month.
What good does $10 per month do?
That $10 may be the first healthy, nourishing, and loving meal that the girl has had in months…or years.
That $10 may be the co-pay for the first medical appointment she has had in a long time. Or it may take care of the medicine she needs for her first prescription to heal something she has going on physically or mentally.
That $10 may cover the gas and transportation costs for a young woman as she is transported from the police department to the Dream Center where she will start the healing process.
That $10 may buy her a comfy shirt or PJ’s…or maybe when she’s out shopping with our staff she’ll see a stuffed animal she falls in love with and wants to take back to her room.
So, what does a $10 sponsorship do? It immediately starts the healing process.
And, that $10, when added to the hundreds of other people also giving $10 per month, becomes an unstoppable flow that heals the hundreds of girls and young women we serve every year.
And, if $10 can do THAT, imagine what $100 can do!
Bottom line – monthly sponsorships make a difference. So, why not try sponsoring a girl after she has been recovered out of human trafficking?
What better gift than to walk alongside a girl who is recovering from the horrible abuse of human trafficking.
Any amount is appreciated and every amount goes 100% directly to help the girls heal. All of our overhead costs are covered by a private foundation grant.
Try a monthly sponsorship to help girls heal who have been trafficked by their families heal today!
Important Privacy Note – When you sponsor a girl or young woman, you will receive details about the journey that a girl takes when she comes through our human trafficking healing program. We ask that you never share the details that you are sent. Most of the girls we serve have an open FBI, Homeland Security or police investigation against their traffickers, so no one’s personal identity can ever be compromised including real names, pictures, or details that would affect their police case. We have also taken great measures to conceal the identity of any girl you are sponsoring. Any stories or details we share are based on true stories and actual events as they are related to us by the girls who have shared them with us. But any details that may jeopardize a girl’s safety will be altered or not shared in order to protect the girl. Optionally, you can also sign up for mentor training to mentor a girl after she has completed the healing program. You would then meet her as you joined her mentor team. Mentoring is not required for monthly sponsorships.
What girl’s who have been sponsored are saying…
“When I was 16 my parents set me up in an “arranged” marriage. I met the man on our wedding day. He raped me that night, I had been forced to marry my rapist. After years of abuse, I finally learned about the Dream Center and a friend got me in touch with them. They came and got me and my daughter. I believe they saved our lives.”
“The Dream Center helped me escape from my uncle who was selling me to his friends for sex. I was only 13 when they helped. me. They got me out of the situation I was in and helped me to find good people to talk to about what happened to me.”
“I was so messed up after my grandpa got me hooked on drugs as a teenager. He used to do terrible things to me when I was passed out from the drugs. The police took me to the Dream Center. It was nice to be safe and have people around me who loved me.”
Your monthly sponsorship funding will be used to sponsor a girl who is in the program and you will begin receiving reports in 2 to 3 days
You will be able to write a personal note to a girl in the healing program and share encouraging words, quote and thoughts with her
You will get regular update emails about the healing journey that a girl who goes through our healing program experiences
You will get reports about things that a girl in the program is going through, and what happens next for her after the program
You will feel like you are walking along side a girl in the program as she heals from the abuse of human trafficking
You will see your monthly sponsorship actually making an impact on a girl’s life meeting her immediate healing needs
You will also get access to a huge amount of information about human trafficking that you can share with friends and family
Often we see girls that have spirits that have been broken like an animal through the mental and sometimes physical cages that the traffickers lock them in
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