At FAST, we want to help families who have family members caught in sex trafficking. While some victims are literally stolen from their families, in other cases the surrounding circumstances are less clear. Perhaps unhealthy family dynamics have contributed to a child or young adult running away – perhaps manipulation was suspected but not addressed, and now your child or loved one is gone, a victim of sex trafficking.
As Sheriff McDonnell states in this LA Time article, the search for love and a sense of belonging is often at the beginning of this terrible path, where manipulation and abuse are the result. Family members may have the temptation to blame the victim or themselves, looking back and wishing there had been more communication or support. If you know or suspect your child or family member is being trafficked – call us! We can help your family pull your loved one from the mire, work through the stigma, and restore peace.