Not unlike homeless youth, young girls caught in sex trafficking often feel invisible. According to many laws, it’s considered a victimless crime. Twelve year old girls being arrested for prostitution and treated as criminals is an outrage.
If they could ask us all a question, I think it’d be this…
For some, they may want to go home. For the vast majority, home is where the abuse began. Did you know that 90% of victims of sexual exploitation were also sexually abused at an early age? It starts at home in many of these cases. When kids run away from home, they often find themselves in a worse web of abuse and shame.
They need our help… they need a home.
I’m posting two images every day this week from the Voices of the Victims series of images I shot last month. The Teen Identity models stood in for girls on the street, giving voice to fears and feelings, hoping someone will listen.
Take action now… we are creating partnerships with organizations to find opportunities for photographers who want to make a difference by sharing their talents. You can sign up to learn more at photographers.teenidentity.com. Over 300 photographers across the nation have already joined the list… we’d love to have you join us too.
If you’re in the Atlanta area, please consider coming to the Street Grace citywide event at 12Stone Church on Friday, June 4 from 5 – 9 pm. It’s a self-directed event and you can stay for as long or short as you want. We’d love to have your support and prayers.