Editor’s note: Many people often don’t understand when a recovered trafficking survivor struggles in her life of freedom…the ups and downs; missing the trafficker; the return to the only life they remember, etc. The healing journey is a long process, to say the least, and one that must be met with patience and understanding for those working with survivors. Healing is a journey By: Wendy Barnes My rescue from
Sex Trafficking Survivors need Housing First As a survivor of “The Life” of Sex Trafficking here in the States I know first hand how difficult it is to get out and stay out for good. The many times I escaped from my pimp I would find myself alone, scared, with no where to go. Often times I would pack up my stuff and secretly leave when he wasn’t home.
I can’t tell you how important being able to vacate criminal backgrounds is for victims of human sex trafficking. Many who have been forced into this life have been to jail. Going to jail is part of being prostituted. Prostitution is illegal in almost every state. As a country we have chosen to punish the victims more than the perpetrators. Historically when the police have found 2 people engaging in
For many survivors of human trafficking, the hidden wounds and the internal scars caused by the abuse and exploitation they suffered act as a protection from further abuse by closing them off to full interaction with themselves and others. Tajuan McCarty, survivor leader and advocate, speaks frankly here about her own struggles and how she is finding deep healing and restoration. I ran away at 12 for the first
Autumn Burris: Founder/Director Survivors for Solutions In the Know: A Survivor’s Perspective will be a monthly blog segment. We are excited about the opportunity to hear from survivors and learn from their expertise and experiences. Thank you to Ms. Burris for being our first guest blogger for this series. We love her work!