Sorry its been so long since my last post. I have been extremely busy and few moments where I have access to the internet. Anyways, my post today is about Polaris Project.
According to their website, Polaris Project is a leading organization in the United States combating all forms of human trafficking and serving both U.S. citizens and foreign national victims, including men, women, and children. Their mission is they are committed to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery, and to strengthening the anti-trafficking movement through a comprehensive approach.
If you have time to explore their website, its AMAZING! They have several pages with statistics and information that will shock you!
Here is some information I found on their website:
- Estimated number of men a woman or child must have sex with daily: 25 – 48 men daily
- Average age of entry into prostitution in the U.S.: 12-14 years old
- Standard price for 15 minutes of sex at a Residential Brothel: $30
- The internet (such as Craigslist) has been identified as the number one platform that pimps, traffickers and johns currently use for buying and selling women and children for sex in the United States.
Another form of sex trafficking I have never written about is trafficking at Truck Stops. This type of location is popular place to find prostitution.
An interesting quote I found on the Polaris Project website was;
” Sex trafficking at truck stops has its own slang and unique means of communication: pimps advertise their victims over CB radios using code, johns search online trucker boards for information about where to purchase prostitution, johns signal that they want commercial sex using their headlights or stickers on their windows, and victims knock on the cab doors of trucks in the parking lots. Massage parlors at or near truck stops are commonly advertised on billboards or on signs at or near the truck stop”.
If you would like to learn more information on various topics, please see page on resources by topic.
- According to one of those Latino Brothels, commercial sex acts within these networks are priced at $30 USD for 15 minutes of commercial sex.
If you would like to become more involved and informed about their efforts, sign up
! They have multiple opportunities to get involved!
Well, I’m finally going public with my story. People often ask me why I work in prevention an
d advocacy. I’m still not able to tell my whole story since I just started talking about it in January of this year.I am survivor of commercial sexual exploitation and or sex trafficking….my case was pornography. T
o read the part of my story I am comfortable sharing please read the section of my blog called “My Testimony”. The tab is at the top of the screen. I will go more public with my story as the healing process continues. Its
been hard to say the least. Also, the girl I talked about in posts who I knew who did pornography was actually me.
I do not want any sympathy from anyone, only prayer. God has brought me through this thus far and will continue to be my guiding light as I continue to heal. If you do pray, please pray for me. Also, pray for the victims who have not yet become survivors. They need prayer just as much if not more than I do. I hope my story encourages to work to end this horrific crime.
Jazz Benefit Event in Washington
For those in Washington state, I came across an event for you! According to their web post this will be a FREE event showcasing Summer Art/Jazz Night at Burien’s Evergreen Church from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday, June 10th at the Evergreen Church, located at 17700 First Avenue South.
They stated in the website there will be music of award winning Karen Shivers jazz quartet, and meet some local artists and view their new artwork.
Artists listed for this show include:
- Betty Vacca
- Beverly Taylor
- Jim Krug
- Jerome Damey
- Corry Damey
For more info on the artists, please see the website listed in the top of this blog post. The proceeds for this event go towards a Christian non-profit called Genesis Project. Their website is PHENOMENAL! Please check it out! There are several amazing statistics on it! I will list some from their website here:
- Most DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) victims will not state that they need protection from a pimp, as they “believe” that they are in love with their pimp, and that their pimp loves them as well.
- A minor involved in trafficking has a lifespan of 7-10 years
Their mission statement on their website states:
As a non-profit outreach of The Corridor, The Genesis Project exists to offer hope for a new life to young women and girls involved in Domestic Minor Sex-Trafficking (DMST) in the South King County area.
On their website, they have listed contact and resources to get involved with their non-profit.