As a part of Human Trafficking Awareness we want to bring you the stories of Ambassadors of Hope, our trained volunteers, who are working hard on the ground to prevent sex trafficking. Follow our series, releasing every Tuesday this month! You can apply to become an Ambassador here.
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Ambassadors show Shared Hope’s Chosen film to educate kids to prevent trafficking. Most youth are completely unaware that sex trafficking occurs in their town, or that it could happen to them or their friends.
Here are a few stories from Ambassadors in the heartland of America about the impact of Chosen presentations:
- One of the major themes of Chosen is to tell someone if something seems wrong. In one Midwestern school, an eighth grade girl was visibly upset and made concerning comments to the Ambassador presenters. They relayed their concerns to the principal and in following up with her to hear her story, he found that she was fine, but was scared because of a situation taking place at a neighbor’s home. Now she knew what she was seeing and was able to talk about it.
- Our Ambassadors received an email after a Chosen showing from the leader of the group they presented to, asking about a girl who had viewed the film and left abruptly, saying nothing. Two weeks after that incident, she was picked up during an FBI sting in Detroit, MI, where she and 15 girls from across the state had been trafficked, and were rescued. When she saw Chosen, she was already involved with a guy and fell for the offer of $1000 to go to dinner with some men. The girls were sold, Saturday through Tuesday, until they were rescued. She is grateful she’s safe now.
- In another school, a girl was so upset she asked the teacher if she could leave the room. The teacher followed her out into the hallway and the girl asked for help – her father had raped her and she had never told anyone. Now she felt safe enough to talk about it and is getting the help she needs.
Chosen gives teens the courage to speak up and tell someone instead of keeping dark secrets. These are just three stories we have from Ambassadors of Hope showing the Chosen video in their community, but there are so many more. During Human Trafficking Awareness month we encourage you to respond by becoming an Ambassador to reach the youth of your community and help end sex trafficking.