‘M’ was trafficked for sex at the age of 12 and was recovered by local police. A Traffick911 Advocate responded within one-hour. She found a scared teenage girl who hadn’t eaten in 2 days. Equipped with snacks, clothes, toiletries, blanket, teddy bear and journal, their relationship began during long hours spent at the police station and ER. M was reunited with her mom the next morning. The Advocate helped mom understand the behaviors behind the actions of her hurting daughter. She connected M with trauma-informed counseling. She began to find her voice again.
The time came for M to testify against her trafficker. In partnership the DA, the Advocate helped M endure the process. Consequently, M clearly articulated her story with confidence and poise on the witness stand. The jury believed her. Her trafficker was sentenced to 35 years — and M saw justice. M completed her school year on the honor roll. Here’s a text from her mom to Traffick911 Advocate: “I’m so very proud of her. I just want to thank you for being such a positive influence in her life. God sent us an angel the night you were called. I love you.”
Note from Calyan: Stories like this are becoming more frequent because of people like you simply choosing to enjoy a candle. We are so grateful for you!