Flora was trafficked when she was 11 years old by a local gang in her hometown that was run by a judge. This was her life for two years before O.U.R. intervened. In coordination with law enforcement, the O.U.R. International Operations team spent several months building trust within this trafficking ring before the operation took place. When the takedown occurred, the Aftercare team was onsite, where they met little Flora. She was dressed much older than she was- wearing high heels that she struggled to walk in. She was 13 clutching onto a teddy bear while the operation took place. This occurred in 2018.
This year Flora was able to fill a lifelong dream of graduating high school. She always assumed this would never be possible, but because of your support, O.U.R. was able to help her through this process.
As a tradition in Guatemala, the seniors of the graduating class all get rinds made with the date of their graduation inscribed on the ring. Flora didn’t do this, her ring has April 8, 2018-the day she was rescued, the day her life changed. She now has plans to study social work and English with the hope of working with survivors like herself one day. "She is so in love with this moment of her life.”
When the Founder of O.U.R., Tim Ballard, posted her story, thousands commented messages of love and support. Flora stayed up until 2 AM Google translating them all to understand what they said. Your support matters to these amazing women. Thank you.
Hope is one of the most powerful tools in the fight against child sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. Hope lives in the sacrifices of donors and supporters. It lives in the hearts of survivors all over the globe. It’s this hope that pushes up to get where no one else goes. Thank you for continuing to be the light that we take into the darkness. Donate today to support hope: https://ourrescue.org/give-now