The movement to bring hope to victims of sex trafficking is gaining momentum. It takes many individuals, organizations and agencies working together to make a difference in just one survivor’s life. That’s why Mirror Ministries is honored to partner with other social service agencies to help keep victims of trafficking from falling through the cracks.
A local social service agency, which had long been in need of services for sex trafficking victims, was delighted to hear about Mirror Ministries. They found our website and called the hotline to learn more. When they heard about the therapeutic services we provide, they knew it was a perfect fit. Now we are all partnering to keep Ruby* from falling through the cracks.
Ruby’s parents could tell that something horrible was happening to their daughter but were in the dark about what was causing it. Ruby had become distant. She lost interest in her sports and hobbies. She dropped long-standing friendships and started hanging out exclusively with one new, older friend. She appeared with new, expensive clothes and jewelry and manicures that neither her own money nor her parents’ could have paid for. Working blind, Ruby’s parents were at a loss as to how to intervene and help her. A referral brought them to the partner agency for family counseling and services. That is where the reality came to light.
Ruby was being groomed and coerced by a trafficker.
When she first came to the Mirror Ministries Outreach Center, Ruby hardly spoke at all. Yet her advocate stayed patiently by her side, encouraging her and building trust. As she was painting during Art Therapy, something connected. Ruby began to open up. She started sharing her stories. We had a beautiful moment of breakthrough as we saw the art create a venue to her path of healing.
A multitude of individuals and agencies worked together to reach out to Ruby, interrupt the grooming process, and bring her to a place of healing before more damage could be inflicted.
Ruby’s parents, who knew their daughter well enough to recognize the changes in her and were determined to find a way to help her. The people who referred them to the partner agency for counseling, and that agency along with its many staff members who helped and continue to help in Ruby’s case. The volunteers who set up and run Mirror Ministries’s website and who staff the hotline. Our advocates, interns, and Executive Director who worked to connect Ruby with our services and to build trust. The organizations that provide grants to pay their salaries. The volunteer who teaches the Art Therapy class. The many volunteers who have helped to remodel, decorate, and maintain our Outreach Center. The donors who supplied the materials for the intake process and the art class.
The list goes on and on. It takes each one of us doing our part to help turn a story like Ruby’s from one of despair to one of hope.
This movement of bringing hope to the most vulnerable is possible because so many answered the call of “Who will?” with a resounding, “I will!”
Learn more about our vision of bringing hope and reflecting grace at our breakfast this month:
*Name has been changed and some details have been obscured to protect our client’s identity.