Shared Hope International partners with three organizations in the United States to provide services for survivors of sex trafficking. Despite the geographical differences, these partners work with each other to offer support in the best interest of the victim – communicating with each other, referring victims for specialize services and exchanging best practices. Whenever possible, each partner ensures that every victim is offered the best services available, as illustrated in a great success story thanks to the partnership between Courtney’s House and Veronica’s Voice.
This past January, Amber (name has been changed to protect her identity), an adult victim of domestic minor sex trafficking, was rescued from her pimp after being prostituted across America since she was 14 years old. Young and insecure, Amber was approached by a pimp at a mall who promised her everything she wanted. However, it wasn’t long before he was selling her on the streets and forcing her to use drugs. After 10 years of enslavement, suffering a drug addiction and desperate for help, Amber called the Courtney’s House hotline.
Funding from Shared Hope enables Courtney’s House to run a 24 hour survivor-led hotline. Tina Frundt, a survivor of child sex trafficking and Founder and Executive Director of Courtney’s House, was running the hotline at the time and answered Amber’s call. She was ready to leave her pimp, and Tina needed to figure out – fast – a safe place for Amber to heal.
Thanks to our strong community of survivor-led organizations, Tina knew the perfect place for Amber. Veronica’s Voice, a fantastic longstanding partner of Shared Hope, offers immediate services for survivors of trafficking. Tina called in the nick of time – Kristy Childs, Founder and Executive Director of Veronica’s Voice, was able to locate and secure a safe bed for Amber.
Amber safely fled her pimp and was greeted by Tina, who took her to get food and clothing. Amber, who had been under brutal pimp control for years, was finally free to make simple yet important decisions for herself again. Amazed that she made the toughest decision of her life, she looked to Tina and said, “Today is my first day of freedom.”
The journey has only begun but Amber is recovering well at Veronica’s Voice and continues to keep in contact with Tina. Thanks to the collaboration of these two amazing organizations, Amber is now on a path to healing and recovery.