The Problem
Did you know?
  • NC is one of the top 10 states in the United States for trafficking.
  • Charlotte is the #1 city in North Carolina.
  • 66-90% of women in the industry were sexually abused as children.
  • There are less than 600 beds available for females who have suffered this horrific abuse in entire US. [1]
  • There are more than 100,000 – 300,000 teenage victims of sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking EACH YEAR. [1]
Victims are more likely:
  • 94% of women who are raped experience PTSD symptoms during the two weeks following. [2]
  • 30% of women report PTSD symptoms 9 months after the rape. [3]
  • 33% of women who are raped contemplate suicide and 13% of women who are raped actually attempt suicide. [4]
  • 10x more likely to use major drugs. [4]
  • 84% of survivors who were victimized by an intimate partner experience emotional issues. [5]
  • 67% of survivors who were victimized by a stranger experience emotional issues. [5]
Information obtained from
D.S. Riggs, T. Murdock, W. Walsh, A prospective examination of post-traumatic stress disorder in rape victims. Journal of Traumatic Stress 455-475 (1992).
J. R. T. Davidson & E. B. Foa (Eds.) Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: DSM-IV and Beyond. American Psychiatric Press: Washington, DC. (pp. 23-36).
G Kilpatrick, CN Edumuds, AK Seymour. Rape in America: A Report to the Nation. Arlington, VA: National Victim Center and Medical University of South Carolina (1992).
Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Socio-emotional Impact of Violent Crime (2014).
to ensure compliance and meet demand.
Society may call it
but federal law calls it
*Shared Hoppe International 2016
Society may call it
but federal law calls it
*Shared Hoppe International 2016
Effects of NOT implementing effort to support survivors:
  • Local economy is effected and as a result cost local tax payers money.
  • Clear link to other organized crime (drugs, guns, gang activity, robbery, etc).
  • Costly in terms of public resources: social services and health care specifically.
  • Increase in demand at the Local and Federal level: Task Forces, Courts specialized for victims, Federal Advocacy for victims, etc.

Everyone wants to know the stories that are behind the ministry! We sought to provide a creative way to hear real testimonies from girls right here in the Charlotte area, while protecting their identity. In partnership with the local faith-based non-profits, each story represents freedom.

Click on each image to hear an audio version of each story.

Sexual Abuse

is forcing undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another. Children are most vulnerable to CSA between the ages of 7 and 13. Statistics state that 1 in 3 girls will be abused sexually. This trauma is oftentimes present in victims of Human Trafficking.

Sexually Exploited

is the sexual abuse of children and youth through the exchange of sex or sexual acts for drugs, food, shelter, protection, other basics of life, and/or money.

Human Trafficking (HT)

is a form of modern-day slavery and has been a federal crime since the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000. HT is the trade in humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation induced by force, fraud, or coercion and is the fastest growing business of organized crime, second only to drugs. It is estimated more than 30M people are enslaved worldwide today. 66-90% of women in the industry were sexually abused as children.

Warning Signs
Understanding Terminology
Power of Coercion