In 2009 there was a presentation on sex trafficking at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center – a relatively new topic to the general public at the time. The leader of a local church security team attended as a matter of continuing his education on the threats against the youth in his church. After the first general session, he called one of his associate pastors and said, “You need to come down here and hear this. Our kids are at risk and we know nothing about this!”
Eventually, local law enforcement rescued her but she still couldn’t use her own name. Shared Hope moved her from her home community in SW Washington clear across the country, and gave her a new name for her own protection. And as she was loved, cared for her and counseled, the day came when she determined to share her story boldly, to help fight the scourge of sex-trafficking, to keep other girls from being subjected to what she had suffered.