Polaris, an organization committed to eradicating human trafficking and aiding survivors, estimates that 20.9 million individuals have been trafficked globally and 26 percent of those victims are children.
“The number is incomprehensible but not unreachable,” stated Dr. Jerry Haag, president of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, The Porch Light and Orphan’s Heart. “We cannot stand for these despicable acts anymore, and we want to use our expertise and experience to help victims of sex trafficking across the globe.”
The Porch Light continues to be recognized for its outstanding leadership and expertise that is helping fight sex trafficking. Recently, The Porch Light broadened its reach by partnering with Voices for Florida and Open Doors Outreach Network to serve as a provider to deliver additional “on the ground” support to sex trafficking victims and survivors in Brevard, Orange, Osceola and Polk counties.
The Porch Light will not only continue aiding victims and survivors of child sex trafficking through its safe home, it will also assist male and female young adult victims and survivors of sex trafficking up to the age of 24 years old. Now more than ever, The Porch Light will strengthen care for sex trafficking victims and continue to lead in the areas of awareness, advocacy and training.
“We are grateful for this opportunity, and for the diligence of our programs staff, as we continue to provide life-changing services in the state of Florida,” said Dr. Pam Whitaker, vice president of programs. “This expansion enhances The Porch Light’s existing operations, allowing us to provide even more hope for children, and now young adults, who have been coerced into the sex trafficking industry.”