There are 27 million slaves in the world today. Shockingly, hundreds of thousands of them are living right here, in America, in places we would least expect to find them - this, more than a century after the Emancipation Proclamation - and decades after the civil rights movement - is happening in your neighborhood and ours.
Humans are being bought and sold right under our noses and being forced to work against their will, trapped in a life of enslavement, many of them women and children being beaten, held at gunpoint, forcably addicted to drugs, and forced to sexually service sometimes as many as 50 customers in one day, their lives and the lives of their loved ones threatened unless they perform.
At The Glory House of Miami, we understand that Florida is the third leading state in the human trafficking industry, and that Miami is a hub for the enslavement of young women and girls. We also understand that all of these women are someone's daughter, someone's sister, friend, or aunt, and some of them are mothers. We also understand, with heavy hearts, that once a girl enters the sex trade, their life expectancy is a mere seven years, mostly due to AIDS and homocide.
Journalist Richard Lui reports that sexual slavery ". . . is worth over $30 billion a year and enslaves more than 12 million people. If that estimate is accurate, there are more slaves now than at any other time in the history of the world."
Young ladies are being stolen away right here in America. They are being robbed of dignity, enlsaved, drugged, and killed.
The Glory House of Miami is a 5013c nonprofit organization.
It is a mission built on Divine inspiration and the works of volunteers. Moved by the stories of sex trafficked victims around the world, but especially right here in our own city, we've come together by faith and with purpose to build a home for healing the hearts, minds, and bodies of survivors.
Our hope is that you too, will hear their stories and be moved to action (See their stories below).
Please help us purchase a house where former captive's lives will be changed for the better, forever. They will be provided not only shelter, but a road to physical, spiritual, and emotional health.
- Long term shelter to sex trafficking victims and restoration to productive, quality lives
- A peaceful environment conducive to healing and total restoration of spirit, soul and body in the name of Jesus
- Assistance with appropriate education and training to become economically self-sufficient
- Community resources
- Medical Assistance
- Mentorship and prayer
What we need:
- Money: $300,000. (We know. It's a lot. But we are believing for great and wonderful things, and know that nothing is impossible for God).
This is what we estimate it will cost to purchase a physical home that can provide adequate shelter for up to eight women and a full-time house mother.
This does not mean we need $300K from YOU, of course. It means that every little bit counts. Perhaps you would consider sacrificing your cup of coffee today, or forgoeing a trip to the movies this weekend, or skipping a breakfast or lunch, and instead invest that cash in aiding a woman out of this lifestyle.
There is no such thing as a donation too big or too small.
The Glory House of Miami is entirely run by volunteers. All skills can be put to good use. If you feel you have something to offer, please, contact us! Your skill is our gift. We'll be thrilled to put it to work and watch the mission of The Glory House come to fruition.
Please see our website or contact us at thegloryhouseofmiamiinc.gmail.com for more information if you are interested in helping to set these women free.
- Word of Mouth:
One of the best ways to help The Glory House of Miami grow and flourish is to spread recognition by word of mouth. The more people know about us, the more hands there will be to help our vision become a reality.
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McKenna. A ten year old girl who fled from her home where she was being sexually abused by her father. She was approached and comforted by a young man who appeared to only want to help. But he didn't. He gained her trust, then trapped her into sexual slavery, forcing her to service 15-20 customers every day. For two years, McKenna was humiliated and held captive. Eventually, she felt her only way to freedom was through suicide. "At the age of 12 a beautiful innocent child was gone. All because no one helped her. She had no where to turn".
Caterina. An unsuspecting 15 year old when she was lured across the border to a hidden brothel in Georgia, she thought this man who had gained her trust was her first love. Instead, he was a shrude, dirty businessman - prolifferant at recruiting innocent girls into lives of slavery.
When immigration agents raided the nondescript house in the quiet Atlanta neighborhood, officers found slave quarters: 6-by-8 cold, uninsulated closets where young women were expected to have sex with 30 or 40 different men every night. The girls were beaten regularly. They could not leave the premises or make contact with anyone without permission.
“I lost the most important years of my life,” said Caterina. Years later, she still grapples with the trauma of her enslavement.
April. April fled home after years of sexual abuse by her grandfather. This was when she met the two girls who would eventually recruit her into prostitution. They told her she could have money, jewelry, cars. . . all she had to do, was sell her body.
Only, April was arrested. While she was on probation for that first arrest, things only became worse. She was drugged and locked in a strange room for over a week having contact with no one but the men who paid to be with her.
The drugs that she was introduced to during that period kept her in a haze as she fell deeper into the sex trade.
Samantha. As a teenager, Samantha was taken to a hotel by a female "friend". Unbeknownst to her, she was left alone in a room with a man who had paid for sex.
"She knew what was going to happen, but I didn't," Samantha said. "I didn't realize it until later."
Her friend, it turned out, was a recruiter for a pimp.
A lifestyle of drugs and alcohol followed, and eventually Samantha herself would recruit other girls for the same man.
She escaped that life only after she was caught in the act by authorities. Now Samantha is pregnant with a baby girl and wants to return to school and focus on raising her child.
Her former pimp is the father.
Kat. She was a mere 13 years old when she was approached by a pretty 19 year old girl who said she had a plan for Kat.
"She introduced me to her pimp. I didn't know. . . I thought he was a nice man, a father."
Kat remembers finding herself in a hotel room dressed as a bride, convinced she was playing a game.
She managed to plead her way out of this situation, but soon after she was tricked again. This time by a friend's father. "It came in a place where you would never suspect it, my middle school. . . they blindfolded us, and took us to a brothel in Broward County. They had paid her father $40 for each of us."
She does not remember for how long she was there or how many men came by. She says, "They let me know what would become of me if I told anyone. They told me they knew where I lived, they knew my teachers, they knew my school, they knew everything about me. There was nothing I could do to protect myself. At 14 years old. I didn't know where to begin."