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.
BREAKING NEWS: New “Theresa Flores Law” passes Michigan Senate!
Legislation sponsored by State Senators Judy Emmons and Mark C. Jansen to support victims of human trafficking and punish offenders was approved on Thursday by the Michigan Senate.
Emmons' bill, Senate Bill 584, would eliminate the statute of limitations for any human trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation of children offenses. The bill is named the Theresa Flores Act in honor of Theresa Flores, a Michigan native and the author of The Slave Across the Street, her personal story about how she overcame human trafficking. “The Michigan Senate is taking a leading role in fighting human trafficking — a crime that devastates the lives of thousands of women and children in our state every year,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “Theresa's compelling story about being trafficked in Michigan as a young woman is alarming and one of the reasons that I have dedicated myself to doing everything I can to end this modern-day slavery.”
Flores joined Emmons in announcing the bill as part of a 19-bill, bipartisan package addressing human trafficking in Michigan, including increasing penalties, training and victim support.
“Human trafficking is the second-leading crime in Michigan, and I know this because I was trafficked here over 30 years ago,” said Flores at the announcement. “Thank you to strong leaders like Senator Emmons, who say ‘we refuse to let this happen in our state.’”
The Senate also adopted a resolution sponsored by Emmons to designate Jan. 11, 2014, as Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Michigan.
Read the full story at: http://www.sentinel-standard.com/article/20131213/NEWS/131219484/1001/NEWS
The SOAP Project was created to not only educate and save, but also to fill a need. After founder Theresa Flores would speak to a group of people at awareness events, she noticed the attendees were in shock, frustrated and yes, even angry. They demanded to know what they could do to stop this crime and protect their children.
The SOAP Project allows concerned citizens to help put a stop to human trafficking in their community and save missing children. Kids as young as 9 years old, fathers with their sons, and an 83 year old nun have put labels on bars of soap. There is something you can do about this! The beauty of SOAP is that it is simple and easy and can be customized to your wants, needs and abilities.