She’s not even twenty years old. Born to a drug-addicted, teenage mother who was a prostitute, she was sex trafficked by her own mother as a toddler. She was molested and raped numerous times by family members and in the homes of foster parents who were supposed to take care of her. By the time she was a teenager, she began “dating” a much older man who groomed her for a period of time and then began trafficking her himself.
She doesn’t live in Cambodia or some far away country.
She lives in the U.S.
She lives in the Midwest.
She lives here. On the streets and in shelters, right here.
Gentlemen, if you saw her in an online escort ad, would you see past the provocative dress and sexy pose to her hurt? If you saw her in a porn, would you be able to escape your fantasy long enough to question whether or not she was even of legal age? Ladies, would you take the time to consider what lead her to sell her body? Would you understand the beatings she’s suffered at the hands of her pimp and the fact that she isn’t allowed to keep any of the money even though she may net him $100-$150K per year? Would you be able to contemplate the absolute terror and degradation she has known? Or would you immediately pass judgment and keep going?
But prostitution is a victimless crime, right? Tell that to her.
But it’s glamorized and glorified in movies and pop culture, right? I mean, the word “ho” is thrown around so casually that it has almost become passé. She experiences the reality of these things every day. Believe me, it’s not like what we see in our hyper-sexualized culture.
And she’s not the only one. There are many more girls out there like her. You don’t have to travel across the world to find them. They are right here.
I was contacted by someone who wanted to make a connection and get her a bed at Kristy’s House. Kristy’s House is not operational at this point, however, so we are meeting and spending time with one another until we can officially open and get her in a safe place where she can receive long-term care. There is no place in Indiana that caters solely to victims of sex trafficking. Kristy’s House wants to provide a safe place, a refuge, for these girls/women to begin heal. We are a long-term residence providing therapy, access to health care, education, and eventual re-integration into society.
Kristy’s House is starting to get more calls like this and it’s gut-wrenching to turn them away. With God’s blessing and the help and support of people like you, we’ll get this girl off the streets and help her to change her life.
Go to www.kristyshouse.org for more information on how to help.