What will you give today to combat human trafficking?
Ashlee was 14 when her father kicked the family out of the house. Her family moved from shelter to shelter, but eventually she was kicked out of those too. She was left on the streets with no income and no way to support herself. That is when she met a young man who romanced her, offered to care for her, and gave her a place to stay and food to eat. She found someone who said he loved her. After a little while she was required to contribute to his financial needs – Ashlee was coerced and forced to engage in prostitution 7 days a week in hotels and on the streets.
After having been with her boyfriend for several years, Ashlee became pregnant by him and decided to escape her situation. When she made her plans known and attempted to gather her belongings, she was attacked with a knife by another girl who was under the control of her boyfriend. Several years later, Ashlee is still dealing with the physical consequences of that attack.
Having been referred to the STOP-IT program by the FBI, Ashlee has now found stable housing and the community resources necessary to build a life independent from her trafficker. But more importantly, she found unconditional support through The Salvation Army STOP-IT program. According to her, that is the most important thing she received.
Your gift today will help the many more "Ashlees" in the Chicago-land area.