Being in the top ten is not always a good thing.
My state of North Carolina rates near the top when it comes to human trafficking. This horrendous crime is spreading across the United States like wildfire. Over 300,000 children in America are being sold into the sex industry every year. Under federal law, any minor under the age of 18 years induced into commercial sex is a victim of sex trafficking—regardless of whether or not the trafficker used force, fraud, or coercion.
On Eagles Wing Ministries (OEWM) is a non-profit, faith based program in the Charlotte, NC area that seeks to prevent females from falling victim to sex trafficking, assistance to those still trapped, and restores those that have survived by offering hope, empowerment, and a brighter future. OEWM has four main programs that help fight the war against sex trafficking in America.
Hope House is a safe house where girls between the ages of 12 to 21 are given a place to live while receiving a Christ-centered trauma informed model of care. This model of care focuses on 7 different care components: psychological, educational, social, physical, empowerment, legal, and spiritual.
Fields of Hope is an empowerment program that offers survivors paid job opportunities, while also teaching them valuable workforce training, mentoring, counseling, and accountability. This is made possible through OEWM’s survivor-inspired curriculum called Whispers of Hope.
Youth 4 Abolition is a prevention program for students that allows them to go through a 12-lesson curriculum to help gain a better understanding of human trafficking. As a result, this program gives students the tools needed to go out and educate their peers and host events.
S.H.I.N.E (Shaping Healthy Identities through Nurturing and Empowerment) is a program to meet the needs of survivors in San Pedro, Belize. While there is an incredible need for a restoration program for survivors of sex trafficking in the United States, there is also an undeniable outcry for help from survivors in other countries. S.H.I.N.E caters to females between the ages of 13-16 that have been, or are, at high risk for sexual exploitation. The use of motivational curriculum and exercises encourage healthy decision making, as well as increase self-esteem.
As you can see, there is help for survivors to recover from the victimization of the forced sex trade. Victims find hope and opportunity to become amazing young women. Visit the OEWM website to learn more about how On Eagles Wings is committed to taking a stand against the vicious crime of sex trafficking. You can, too, by making a donation.
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- According to UNICEF: 1.2 million children are trafficked every year worldwide
- According to US Dept. of Justice: Average age of entry into prostitution in US is 13
- According to CNN’S Freedom Project: Average cost of a slave today is $90