To Live and Dream Again. It's that simple; that's what we want for every victim of sexual exploitation. And to make this a reality for so many sexually-exploited women, Wellspring Living was created.
John McCollum, co-founder and Executive Director of Asia's Hope, has experienced both joy and tragedy in the last week, along with the rest of the Asia's Hope family. He reflects on both -- and on how the light gets in -- in this wonderful blog post, originally published to the Asia's Hope website.
Written by Freedom's Promise, a Partner of N2GIVES
Before I begin, I want to prepare the reader that this article will cover some intense imagery pertaining to the nature of modern slavery. It would be a disservice and an insult to every victim of human trafficking for me, or anyone, to curtail, or diminish the heinousness of what they have and are enduring. By watering down the truth, we may never fully understand even the slightest percentage of the pain, suffering, and horror that victims and survivors experience – even an article such as this will always fall short.
N2GIVES is proud to partner with The WellHouse, an organization who seeks to rescue, provide resources, and give opportunities to victims of sex trafficking. Read the stories of five incredible women who have graduated from their program:
When one’s earliest memories center on ritualistic satanic abuse at the hands of those who should protect the most, your mother in particular, it can take a lifetime to overcome.
This summer, we were lucky to have Jake Hurd as an intern on N2 Publishing’s IT team. Little did we know, his girlfriend’s summer plans were much different than Jake’s, yet still much-aligned with N2 Publishing’s interests. Sarah Nash spent her break in San Jose, Costa Rica, as an interned for Lightforce International-- an organization that seeks to prevent and eradicate human trafficking.
Our team sat down to talk with Sarah about her time spent fighting Human Trafficking and how making a difference is possible.
I grew up with a lot of trauma and abandonment issues from the age of 2 on. Drugs, alcohol and unhealthy relationships began at 13. As I got older I continued using, trying to hide all my feelings, and getting into one bad relationship after another. At 23 I got into a relationship with my trafficker and soon after signed over custody of my kids to family. I endured a lot of violent abuse and trauma during that time including exploitation. I became so sad, lost and hopeless that I tried taking my own life. After my trafficker was arrested, I had the opportunity to get away but it took several months of continued use of drugs.
This story is written by the daughter of a women who is currently in the Refuge for Women long-term care program:
"My older sister and I were abandoned by our mother when we were small children. We
were literally left at the babysitter. (I would later hear the story and understand why she
left ) I did not "meet" my mother until I was 15 as there was no contact during my
childhood at all. My dad was in prison for most of my life. During this time I was raised
by another relative. While in her home I was sexually abused by an uncle at the age of 7
until the age of 14. When I was 15 I came out about the abuse, and when I did not
receive the help and protection I needed, I reached out to my mom.
Many of our girls have been rescued at a very young age from the red-light district – before they were forced into sex slavery. Their mothers are the ones who are enslaved in brothels—they are the ones with horrific stories of abduction into the trade and of daily abuse thereafter.
This is true for Prema’s mom.
Generations ago, there was a Cambodian tradition for young girls that signified their transition into womanhood. They would literally be brought ‘into the shade,’ out of the scorching Cambodian sun for a period of several days or even weeks. During this time they were given skin treatments and all their needs were attended to by relatives while they focused on being taught the ways of womanhood by the elder women. When they ‘came out of the shade’ the community recognized them as a woman of marrying age.
An encouraging update from one of our partners, The Porch Light, on the incredible milestones they have achieved and several stories from staff members. Read more below:
Thanks to your support, young girls ages 12-17 continue to find rest and healing at The Porch Light Safe Home, located at an undisclosed location in Central Florida and registered with the Witness Protection Program. Your love is changing lives.
Envision an eleven-year female child, in 5th grade, playing with Barbie’s, sweet and innocent. Playing with the Barbie’s with no care in the world, believing in my Barbie world life is great, escaping from “things” going on in my real world, a mother with an addiction habit, a father who is not around. For that moment in time, all is good in my pretend little girl life... no one can hurt Barbie and me.