Frequently Asked Questions
Q? HOW ARE GIRLS FORCED INTO SEX SLAVERY?
A. Each victim has a different story. Many poor families sell their daughters for extra money, believing that the girls will be given a great job and better life in the city and that the money paid for them is a “sign-on-bonus” of sorts. Some girls are lured or kidnapped right off the street or in a public place such as a shopping mall, street market, or playgrounds. Other victims go with a trafficker to escape poverty, believing in the promise of a better life and a job. As soon as the girls reach the destination, they are taken to the brothel, beaten into submission, and forced to stay there and work.
Q? WHAT HAPPENS TO THE GIRLS AFTER THEY ARE RESCUED?
A. After a victim is rescued, she is taken to a Home of Hope – a safe place where she can heal and be nurtured. At Home of Hope, victims also receive the loving message of Jesus Christ, counseling, education, basic literacy training, and general medical care.
Q? HOW LONG DO THE GIRLS STAY AT HOME OF HOPE, AND WHERE DO THEY GO FROM THERE?
A. The length of stay depends on each individual child and case. The goal is to fully provide for each child’s individual needs and either reconnect them with their families or find permanent residence for them.
Q? IS IT POSSIBLE TO SPONSOR A SPECIFIC CHILD?
A. Due to the sensitive nature of the ministry and the safety of the girls we serve, we do not provide sponsorship opportunities for specific girls. These girls have been exploited most of their lives and we aim to preserve their dignity in whatever way we can. Releasing photos or allowing correspondence can be very dangerous to the former victim because human traffickers may still be looking for the child. Although, your generous donations help support the needs of all of the girls.
Q? WHAT AGES OF GIRLS IS HOME OF HOPE HELPING?
A. Home of Hope-Texas is for adolescents only. The age range is up to 17 years old. Statistics show that the average age of girls who are sold into sex slavery and prostituted are 8-14 years old.
Q? WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP THE MINISTRY?