You’re a 15-year-old girl.
Your life is constantly in danger as you are forced to make money for your trafficker. One night you’re brought in by the police and they suspect you might be a trafficking victim. You’re taken to a facility where you sleep in a clean bed, alone, for the first time in years. You’re seen by social workers, police officers, and doctors. You struggle to find your own voice amidst all of these adults discussing what they think is best for you. It’s scary and confusing, and so different from any life you’ve ever known. You fight with your workers, the other kids in the facility, everyone. No one understands you. You think about running away from this unfamiliar world, back to your trafficker.
Then you meet your MCAP advocate.
Your very own lawyer. For the first time in a long time, someone is there for you and only you. She listens to your story. She hears you when you tell her what you need. She helps you to get the services you need to begin healing from the trauma you’ve experienced. She stands with you in court and represents you at countless meetings now that you’re in “the system.” And for the first time in a long time, you begin to see yourself in a better life.
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
And believe it or not, Montgomery County is seeing a rise in human trafficking – MCAP currently has six of these cases.
All month long we will be sharing information on how to spot human trafficking in your community, and how to keep the kids in your life safe. And, of course, we will continue representing the best interests of our clients who are victims of child trafficking. If you have supported MCAP this year, thank you for being our partner in this life-saving work. If you have not yet made your donation to MCAP and would like to, please click HERE to be taken to our secure donation page.
From all of us at MCAP, best wishes for a happy, healthy 2019. With your help, we will continue doing everything we can to give children in need hope in the new year.