Posted in Aftercare
May 10th, 2019

Survivor story: “I was trafficked by a gang here in the U.S…”

Emma was trafficked by gang members here in the United States and was quickly forced to develop an addiction to different drugs found on the streets. Often, traffickers will introduce drugs to their victims as a way to control them and develop dependency. The drugs act as an invisible chain.

Emma now lives with her extended family and is physically safe from her traffickers, but is still very vulnerable to her addiction.

Luckily, she has a strong team built around her including the O.U.R. Aftercare Team, social workers, vocational trainers, financial supporters, and wraparound services. In the past few months, Emma has experienced many ups and downs, including running away from home, avoiding treatment, and falling back into addiction.

Last week, she walked in to a meeting with her support system and sat down in the circle. As she sat down and looked around her, tears welled up in her eyes. “I’m ready to make changes,” she said, “I was so afraid that after my last mistake that I was going to lose my team. But seeing my team here again with even more members makes me feel so loved. Thank you for not giving up on me.”

“I’m ready to do this,” she said triumphantly.

Her family looked at her with tears in their eyes as they realized how far she had come. Emma was so grateful that her team was still with her despite her setbacks. More than anything, her team had come back in full force, ready to help Emma win.

Our mission at O.U.R. is to make sure that no one fights alone. No matter if a survivor was just rescued, is fighting addiction, or is trying to start their own business, we walk with them the whole way.

Fighting human trafficking and child exploitation cannot be done alone. We are incredibly grateful for our support system of donors, supporters, and volunteers who stand by our side as we seek to rescue more children worldwide.

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1 comment

  • joseph kalodimos

    Emma, NEVER give up! In life you will be knocked down but there is help back up, ALWAYS. Knocked down but NOT knocked out. Keep up the fight and keep the faith!!!!!

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