When children are recovered from sex traffickers, they need a safe and secure place to stay with genuine love, care, and services designed to promote healing. However, the single biggest problem faced by social service agencies, advocacy groups, and government agencies helping children who were trafficked is the lack of supportive homes for healing. Without a place to live or a holistic approach to healing, the greatest likelihood is a return to the streets and continuedexploitation.
While homeless or domestic violence shelters offer an option, they do not provide the security, long-term care, or expert counseling necessary to help young people overcome the physical, mental, and spiritual trauma that results from being sold for sex and having lived with the brutality of a slaveholder.
Pope Francis recently said, “human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the Body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity.”
Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to enslave and exploit human beings for some type of labor or commercial sex purpose. We oppose this modern-day slavery. Claire’s House specifically addresses commercial sex trafficking and the exploitation of minors.