Idaho Anti-Trafficking Coalition
Breaking the chains of human trafficking
I know, you don’t want to think about it, but it happens. It happens too much, too often. I get it, its easier to not think about it, but its not going to make it go away. For the first time ever there is an answer in the Intermountain area of Idaho, Eastern Oregon and Western Montana. Girls that have been trafficked and rescued now have a place to stay and recover—Solace House. To this point, they were jailed (arrested for prostitution even though they were being forced to do it), or sent home—many times to the very people who trafficked them—or turned loose only to be picked up by their pimps and sold again. The demographics will shock you. The average girl has to attempt escape 7 or more times before she’s actually successful. It’s also more likely that the girl may have been a runaway or aged out of the foster care system, or come from a family that is illegal drug dependent—all factors that take the most vulnerable of our community—girls and sometimes boys—susceptible or targeted by traffickers. The children, whose innocence searches the faces of the people who abuse them, hoping they’ll see in the eyes of someone will rescue them. For 18 months, we’ve been working with ER’s and ED’s on how to spot those trafficked. We’ve also been working with law enforcement to spot trafficked juveniles . . . all in an attempt to cast a wider, stronger net, filling a void that has existed for years in a community effort to stop this from happening in our region.
Join other donors in helping sustain this new program that is set to care for 8 to 10 girls from the Intermountain area by providing a stable home—one where they can work through the issues they’ll inevitably face—in a place of love and healing. Once there, they receive therapy, education, and a chance at a fresh start. Be a part of making a difference in their lives by supporting Solace House.
In our experience, we are in need of just such a shelter. Current shelters and foster care placements work well for domestic violence and child abuse victims, but lack thespecific training to deal with trafficking victims.
William L. Banes/Boise Chief of Police
Children in the Treasure Valley are at high risk of trafficking, and the resulting victims have few to no resources.
Melissa Wintrow/Idaho State Representative