Sometimes when children are trafficked, their trafficker may keep them in their regular routine of attending school and going home at night. In other situations, these kids completely miss out on receiving an education altogether. Either way, their education suffers due to missing out, mental health, and other struggles that come with healing from their trauma.
trafficked at 14 in a nearby state
Rachel (name changed) was trafficked here in the U.S. when she was 14 years old by a man that she believed to be her boyfriend. Under the impression that he loved her, she was excited when he suggested that they plan a vacation together.
When they arrived in a nearby state, the “boyfriend” immediately turned on her. He demanded that she work the streets in order to pay for her portion of the vacation.
Luckily, an undercover police officer soon rescued her. She was traumatized from being trafficked and consequently was very behind in school. Rachel faced many challenges, including her mental health, dealing with her dysfunctional family, and financial issues. She has many services available to her as far as mental health services and treatment, but due to the challenges she faces, does not have access to a GED program.
what happens when a survivor isn’t rescued until they are an adult?
Another survivor, Amanda (name changed), was rescued from trafficking when she was already past the normal high school age. The only way for her to complete a GED would be to have someone tutor her and help her through GED classes and tests since she had little to no education during the years she was trafficked.
A GED can change the course of a survivor’s life forever, and help boost their confidence in themselves as they work to heal from their trauma. With your help, we can help cover the cost of a GED program and tutor for survivors like Rachel and Amanda to support them in reaching their dreams. Freedom starts with you; we have the opportunity to give survivors something back that their traffickers so greedily took away.
With your support, you can help us not only rescue kids from #TraffickinginAmerica, but also help them get back to school and feel confident in the classroom. Donate at this page during the month of September 2019!
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