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Local organization strives to help young girls who have been exploited

Exploited girls find refuge in Freedom house
Exploited girls find refuge in Freedom house(KYOU)
Published: Sep. 24, 2021 at 12:36 PM CDT
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SOUTHEAST, Iowa (KYOU) - On any given day 150 children are being sex trafficked in Iowa. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, approximately 300,000 children are at risk of being prostituted in the U.S.

Nine years ago, Jennifer, the Executive Director of a Freedom House went to a conference that set her on a course to help girls who have been sex trafficked.

At the conference, she picked up a travel bag that was made by a girl who was abused by the sex trafficking system. She says, “It was very much a God thing.” Ever since the conference, Jennifer says God had planted seeds in her heart to help exploited girls.

The Freedom House takes any girls who are under the age of 18. The program is two years long because Jennifer knows the healing process is not quick it takes time for girls to recover. “We believe that healing isn’t going to happen in just three or four months it’s long term.”

In the two years of being in the house, they want to equip the girls for the next step. They focus on school and jobs and make sure whether the girl is an adult by the time she leaves she is stable and safe, or if the girl is still a minor she has a safe place to go.

Jennifer says, “They are not treated as a human they are treated as a property.”

She also says, trafficking does not only happen to girls but boys and adults, too.

If you would like to know more about the Freedom House or make a donation to them click this link.

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