Phoenix, AZ, July 07, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Within this past week, the FBI arrested 281 pimps and saved 168 children in a nationwide operation to recover victims of child sex trafficking. 27 of these pimps were arrested right here in Arizona along with 40 clients. 5 children were saved.
Phoenix is one of the worst places for child prostitution, making it one of the top 20 cities in America for human trafficking as identified by the Department of Justice.
The Rescue Project, the flagship program of the Phoenix Dream Center, is a national leader in the rescue, recovery and advocacy of sex trafficking survivors. The Rescue Project was created to rescue and rebuild the shattered lives of young women who have been victims of commercial sexual exploitation through human trafficking.
Over the last 5 years, The Rescue Project has rescued over 195 girls and young women from lives of sexual exploitation. We have had girls as young as 14 years old go through the program. 80% of these victims are local Valley residents.
This comprehensive in-house program provides access to everything from food and clothing to medical care, mental health care and legal services. Our unique Dream Rooms provide these resilient young women with safe, beautiful rooms where they can begin to heal. All services are provided free of charge.
Our leading edge curriculum helps them relearn healthy choices, develop accountability and refine life and workplace skills. We also provide career counseling, facilitate goal setting and develop high school and college education tracks for these girls while in the program as well as after they graduate. Finally, our post-graduation mentor program helps our graduates make successful transitions to living healthy, independent lives.
For more information about sex trafficking, its victims, and recovery contact Kathie Gadberry (602) 571.4070 or Kathie@pdcfoundation.org