Wholesome Dwelling: The human trafficking disaster hits the house
Human trafficking is the second fastest growing crime in the world after drug trafficking. The statistics are terrifying. Most women are raped six thousand times and every woman is worth one Hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, which makes them very valuable and their chances of escape almost impossible. It doesn’t just happen in big cities or poor neighborhoods, but in almost every community in our country and experts fear that COVID-19 will trigger a human trafficking crisis.
“I had a very difficult divorce from a very wealthy husband. He actually let me be trafficked so I wouldn’t get custody of my five children, ”trafficked survivor Kimberly Lansford told Ivanhoe.
Kimberly Lansford was 27 when traffickers drugged her and took her from Denver to Mexico City.
“You’re being broken into by terror, a lot of physical abuse, a lot of sexual abuse,” Lansford said.
Kimberly’s nightmare lasted 19 years until …
“The Samaritan village found me,” said Lansford.
For more than a decade, Samaritan Village has been helping women rebuild their lives.
“Young women who feel ugly, unwanted and invisible can visit these traffickers and fill that void,” said Dionne Coleman, executive director of Samaritan Village.
Samaritan Village offers hope and provides housing free of charge for 18 months. Survivors receive mental, physical and dental care, access to professional training and, most importantly, support. Money from donors and from their thrift store is helping to cover the costs, but now organizations like these fear the consequences of the pandemic.
“We call it the calm before the storm, so to speak. I know there will be many people who will need help when we all get back to normal, ”said Coleman.
Women who couldn’t get help during the lockdown.
“It doesn’t just happen to the underclass or to drug addicts, it’s not true. It happens to people like me every day, ”Lansford said.
“If you see something, copy someone who feels, or there is a group of people who doesn’t feel right, call this human trafficking line,” said Coleman.
The biggest misconception about human trafficking is that the victims are runaways or addicts. Family Members Selling Family members, as in Kimberly’s case, is common. Also, traffickers often target high school girls and threaten to ruin their reputations. Samaritan Village works with local colleges for scholarships. If you want to learn more, click here.