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Ashlee was 14 when her father kicked the family out of the house. Her family moved from shelter to shelter, but eventually Ashlee found herself on the street with no income or way to support herself. She met a young man who romanced her, offered to care for her, gave her a place to stay and food to eat. Over time, Ashlee was required to contribute to his financial needs – she was coerced and forced to engage in prostitution seven days a week. When Ashlee became pregnant, she decided to leave her situation. Upon making her plans known, she was attacked with a knife by another girl 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. Ashlee found unconditional support through The Salvation Army STOP-IT program. According to her, that is the most important thing she could have received.
The STOP-IT program builds relationships with trafficked persons through outreach, ongoing case management and support, and service referrals. STOP-IT operates a 24 hour hotline, provides a safe space at a weekly drop-in center, builds collaborative relationships across sectors, trains professionals to better identify and respond to situations of sex and labor trafficking, and raises awareness about human trafficking among the general public.
When you give to STOP-IT this holiday season, expect change. Every gift helps STOP-IT fulfill it's mission. Help us eliminate human trafficking today.