If you don't think human trafficking happens in your zip code, think again.
Survivor and Author Theresa Flores travels the U.S. sharing her story of trafficking and being a sex slave while living in an upper-middle class suburb of Detroit, Michigan.
At 15 years of age, she was drugged, raped and tortured for two long years. Kept in bondage, forced to pay back an impossible debt as a sex slave. All the while living at home, attempting to keep her family safe.
She attended school during the day along side of her traffickers, only to be called into ‘service’ late each night while her unknowing family slept. Involuntarily involved in a large criminal ring, Theresa endured more as a child than most adults will ever face their entire lives.
Traffickfree is an organization that builds awareness about domestic sex trafficking and sexually exploited children in the U.S. Our purpose is to educate students, parents, professionals and motel owners/staff on the red flags of trafficking and how to identify a victim.
We work in partnership with other organizations to rescue missing adolescents from becoming a human trafficking victim. Equally as important is to help survivors heal from the trauma of being trafficked and empowering them to become productive citizens.
Learn more about Theresa and her plight to stop human trafficking by reading her best memoir, "The Slave Across the Street". Her human trafficking organization, Traffickfree is focused on building awareness through the S.O.A.P. outreach
, speaking at colleges, churches, and more.
New 'Theresa Flores Law' passes Michigan Senate!
Michigan Senator Judy Emmons' first of 19 bills passes the Senate, removing the Statue of Limitations for human trafficking survivors. At the urging of survivor Theresa Flores, survivors will now be able to pursue prosecution of their trafficker when they are ready, no matter how many years have passed. Read the full story at:http://www.sentinel-standard.com/article/20131213/NEWS/131219484/1001/NEWS
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and staff with Senator Judy Emmons and survivor Theresa Flores