The Facts About Human Trafficking

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is an underground criminal industry based on the principles of supply and demand.  It happens when a trafficker uses force fraud or coercion in order to control a person to commit acts of labor or commercial sex acts.  If there was no demand for laborers or sex slaves, there would be no need for a supply. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery.

As defined under U.S. law, victims of human trafficking can be divided into three populations:

  • Children under age 18 induced into commercial sex.
  • Adults aged 18 or over induced into commercial sex through force, fraud, or coercion.
  • Children and adults induced to perform labor or services through force, fraud, or coercion.

Human trafficking is a complex underground criminal industry. It’s victims vary in age, socioeconomic class, education level, gender, and race. Across the world, human trafficking generates $150 billion annually. The commercial sex industry generates more than $99 billion per year. Experts tell us that there are more than 20 million slaves in the world today which means that modern day slavery is epidemic.

Florida is ranked 3rd in the nation among 50 states in reports of human trafficking. Locally, Jacksonville ranks highly among cities in the state with a human trafficking problem. HT is happening in cities, suburban neighborhoods, around shopping malls, online, in rural areas, and in vacation destinations, too. It is a widespread problem that affects many sectors of our society: healthcare system, business owners, hotel and tourist industry, our schools where girls/kids are recruited, our public transit system, the justice system, and so much more. It is a community problem that affects all of us.

What is our Mission?

To provide a sanctuary where women can heal from the devastating effects of human trafficking. What we are doing day to day is providing counseling and a personal and intentional plan for complete restoration and healing on a case by case basis.  Her Song is leading women to restoration and transformation.

We are addressing the issue of human trafficking in Northeast Florida by

  1. Providing restorative aftercare services to survivors,
  2. Bringing awareness to our community of our local human trafficking problem and
  3. Doing outreach to potential victims.

What are the Effects of Human Trafficking on Victims?

  • Traumatized (often time this is severe and repeated traumas)
  • Disconnection from healthy people
  • Substance abuse/addiction
  • Shame & grief
  • Loss of stability (home, income, family, personal belongings)
  • Breaking down of the body, mind, and spirit

Who are the Clients?

The most complex crime victims. Women 18 & up who have been a victim of human trafficking.

What is the Vision?

Our vision is three phases of residential care with specialized programs tailored to victims of human trafficking. Residential programs are showing very positive results in long-term recovery of survivors. Our programs are designed according to model programs around the country and on best practices in trauma recovery. Housing provides a stable foundation where a woman can begin to rebuild her life. The full vision of her life is to move from being trapped in cycles of abuse and violence to being restored and completely transformed thus reaching her potential and fulfilling her God-given purpose.

How do Women Come to Her Song?

Referrals from FBI, JSO/DOC collaboration, other agencies, word of mouth through AA/NA other survivors and the NEFLHT Coalition, and from survivors, and from the community.

What do the Clients Need?

Everything. Housing, food, clothing, medical care, medications, support, opportunity, and love. Most are considered homeless, most have abuse in their background and no family ties or support, most are addicted to substances. They also need counseling, educational support, life skills training and a purpose for their life so they have meaning and a direction.
These services do not exist in Jacksonville. Our model is based on proven methods of from other model programs around the country.