When you think of the sex-trafficking industry and the environment it flourishes in, do you picture a low-income, dirty urban area or an affluent, suburban one? Did you picture both? For whichever reason, pop culture influence or a lack of information, wealthy communities are often seen as "immune" to the darkness of the sex-trafficking industry.
On June 26th, 2018 Joseph Blake Ballard, at only 22 years old, was charged with the felony counts of trafficking, pimping and pandering two women in Irvine, CA. Joseph was caught because one of his victims contacted the Irvine Police Department from a gas station after being kicked out of the hotel room the three were sharing. From there the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) investigated the case and located and arrested Joseph at the hotel.
Creative segments are blocks of time where we encourage artistic expression among our survivor residents. These are not cookie-cutter programs, but instead guided opportunities for residents to explore their generally untapped creative potential.
People tend to have many questions about the sex-trafficking industry, but one that is often skirted around and avoided is the question of why some victims “choose” to stay in their captor’s hands. “Why won’t she just run away?”
A core part of our residential program and wrap-around or holistic care for sex trafficked survivors, involves spiritual development. The women who enter our program come from all different faith backgrounds, and all are welcome. But we do offer Christ-centered activities for those who are interested in participating.
The results of our 2018 Spring Gala are in! It was a wonderful evening hearing from Emily Dickson, survivor and mentor, about the realities of sex trafficking and what we can do to stop it.