• Houston...we have a problem!

  • This isn't an organization, a business or a non profit.

     

    IT'S A SOCIAL and

    COMMUNITY MOVEMENT!

     

    We need to create a massive

    KNOWLEDGE SHARE,

    a GROUND SWELL, an UPRISING, and a

    REVOLT against the biggest issues in our city!

     

    And we need YOU to get engaged and help!

     

     

  • Houston ranks #1 among U.S. cities thought to have the MOST victims of

    sex and human trafficking

    OUR children are at risk!

    The face of human and sex trafficking has changed…the victims look like our sons and daughters.

    There are human and sex trafficking recruiters in our churches and schools.

    The only way to prevent our children from being taken and their lives forever being changed, is YOU!

     

    To learn more and educate yourself about our situation in Harris County go to khou.com/sellinggirls

  • Who We Are

    We are EVERYONE! We are ONE voice speaking out and saying "NOT IN MY COMMUNITY!"

    We are Parents, Students, Abolitionists, Leaders of Non Profit Organizations,

    Professionals, Politicians, Business Owners, etc., etc.

     

    To raise awareness and take action, we deliver community presentations to

    schools and churches. One abolitionist, one father of a victim and one community member...

    provide a powerful message and a plan to fight back and save our children!

    Houston Metropolitan Area

    Community Area Action Leaders NEEDED for all Houston Areas

    Currently active in Memorial/Spring Valley

  • What YOU need to know

    "This 6 STEP PROCESS being used on our urban and suburban students to

    RECRUIT them into prostitution and trafficking is well thought out and EFFECTIVE! "

    John Clark (father of a victim)

    1. Befriend

    Pimps and Recruiters are in our schools and churches!

    THE PURPOSE OF STEP 1 IS TO ESTABLISH TRUST:

    This step starts with identifying a target. The targets who are most at risk are girls with low self-esteem or girls who are struggling with school work, friends or family. After a target is identified things proceed in a way that seems innocent and remains that way for many weeks or months. The ‘friend’ that starts this process is not always a guy. At this point, a pimp may not be directly involved. The friend will be someone completely non-threatening. It is often a girl (a few years older). Its very likely that this girl is a previous victim who became a recruiter or "groomer" as a means to escape being trafficked.

     

    The new friend takes your daughter/son places, she is fun, she has a lot of advice, and gives the impression that she is sort of a mentor. They usually receive some type of support (money, drugs, etc.) that helps them recruit effectively.

     

    PARENTS: It is hard to recognize this step, but there are things you can monitor. Look for new friends and be inquisitive about their parents, background, living arrangements, etc. If they are a new friend...find out who have they been hanging out with before your child. Dig into the new friend's, circle of friends, by talking to other parents or the school. Go through pictures on your child's phone, look for new hangouts or hobbies. Changes that the new friend introduces, should raise questions and investigation.

    2. Intoxicate

    They make sure your child has "fun" and feels a sense of independence

    THE PURPOSE OF STEP 2 IS TO INTRODUCE A SOURCE (OR INCREASE THE LEVEL) OF FRICTION IN THE RELATIONSHIPS AT HOME:

    The friend introduces drugs and /or alcohol. If the targeted teen has already experimented, the groomer will increase the frequency of use and ease of access. They will make them feel as if "everyone is doing it" (at least all the cool people) and they are awkward if they don't.

     

    PARENTS: Many kids experiment during this time of their life. If you see or suspect any drug or alcohol use deal with it early. Find out whether it was experimenting with good friends they have had for a while, or whether it is the result someone new on the scene. If is it someone new, I would be more concerned about a possible trafficking connection.

    3. Alienate

    They want to turn them against you.

    THE PURPOSE OF STEP 3 IS TO DRIVE A WEDGE BETWEEN THE TEEN AND THE FAMILY:

    The groomer will be very polite in front of parents, but when alone the groomer is constantly berating parents. “Your mom is such a b*&%#…... She treats you like a child.” “Your father grounded you for that? He never lets you do anything.” “I bet you can’t wait to get out of that house.” Every teenager goes through a time when they feel as though you are strict unreasonable. The groomer validates your child's thoughts and thus creates more trust with them and less with you. It is usually at this point that a consistent theme/message, "Let me know if you ever need a place to stay", begins to appear.

     

    PARENTS: My advice is...try not to fight about source (new friends) of the friction. Try to use firm reasoning and love as the basis for all discipline. Engaging in a fight or simply putting your foot down (i.e. "I am your father/mother, and you will do as I say!") actually works to the advantage of the recruiters trying to drive a wedge between you and your child.

    4. Isolate

    They are separated from old friends and introduced to new "friends" who are "more fun".

    THE PURPOSE OF STEP 4 IS TO SEPARATE THEM FROM OLD FRIENDS WHO SHARE THEIR CORE VALUES.

    The new friends understand the teen. They accept them and support them. They stop hanging out with their old friends and even their very best childhood friend.

     

    You may run into their best friend's parents who say they haven't seen your child lately. Then you may realize your child was supposed to have recently spent the night at their home. You realize the person who has been your child's best friend for the past multiple years, isn't around anymore. This should REALLY alarm you!

     

    PARENTS: Once the traffickers take the victim through step 4 your child is in REAL and IMMEDIATE DANGER! Consider intervention, residential counseling away from their "friends". Think about moving the child away to live with a relative in another state, or moving the whole family. It sounds drastic but it is logical!

    5. Desensitize

    They convince them that they can have a "better" life. They tell them that things parents warned them, about are simply because parents don't understand their generation.

    THE PURPOSE OF STEP 5 IS TO DISORIENT THE VICTIM'S MORAL COMPASS:

    The groomer knows this really cool guy. He is an up and coming rapper. Sometimes he works as a DJ at some of the coolest clubs in town. He is fun, has money, and is always on his way to a party. After a friendship develops he offers to get your teen into a club even though she is underage. He is working a private party and can put her on the guest list. That happens a time or two.

     

    The teen gets to sneak a few drinks at the club and hang out with a group of people who are four or five years older. The people at the club fawn over the teen and make her feel very special. The new group of friends reinforce the same idea the groomer started. “Your parents are the worst. If you ever need a place to stay just give me a call.”

     

    There is a guy that your child met a couple months ago who is friendly and nice. It turns out he not only smokes pot, but he deals a little on the side.

     

    That cool girl they met who is so pretty and funny. She has her own apartment and seems to have money. Another new friendship is developing. Then it is revealed that the cool girl is a dancer. She dances in videos and makes appearances at clubs with the rapper and gets paid for it. "Can you believe that?" "Life is so easy when you are pretty and cool." "Who needs college or parents?"

     

    PARENTS: When things have reached this point it is difficult to turn around but not impossible. Be looking for signs that your child is exposed to or participating in activities that are normally forbidden. If you haven't already attempted intervention with a survivor or support organization, or if you haven't removed the teen from the environment, you are running out of time...DO IT NOW!!!

    6. Capitalize

    And then...they take your daughter or son and make $ on them. ONLY 1 to 2% ARE RESCUED AFTER THIS STEP!!!

    THE PURPOSE OF STEP 6 IS TO TAKE YOUR CHILD AWAY FROM YOU THROUGH BRAINWASHING, COERCION, KIDNAPPING, OR A COMBINATION OF THE THREE.

    They take advantage of the right opportunity when it presents itself. It could be the teen getting into trouble or fighting with the parents. Or it could be an offer to take a ride with the rapper right after their 18th birthday.

     

    It happens with younger teens too, but a girl who just turned 18 is a real target. Your daughter goes to a party and disappears. If she is 18, law enforcement is handcuffed. Unless there is clear evidence of a crime, she is just another young adult who decided to leave home.

     

    If the people who led her away can keep for three weeks, the chances that you will ever see your daughter again, decrease significantly!

     

    PARENTS: Know your options for recovery and support. Come up with an action plan to execute if your child disappears. Introduce yourself to the people and organizations you will need. Establish a code word that your child can use if they want out. They won't want to hear it now, but they might remember it when they need it.

  • What YOU Can Do At Home

    To abolish Sex Trafficking it will require ACTION and STRENGTH! Don't shy away...the price is too high to pay!

    Know the Process and Talk to Your Kids

    You CAN prevent this for your family!

    You may have already seen some of the signs in your child or their friend. Have this conversation with your children, young and older. Let them know that you care and can be trusted. Don't alienate them.

    Change your Parenting

    The prevention starts with YOU!

    1. Watch for sudden change of Friends, Hobbies, or Hangouts

    2. NEVER worry about being over protective

    3. Talk to your kids about trafficking; Watch them & their friends

    4. A child’s “right to privacy” is not relevant; it’s your responsibility to know

    5. Use old school parenting & techniques

    6. Beware of Snapchat and ALL social media apps

    7. Set up the apps then lock down the phone

    8. Insist on having the password

    9. Get a 2nd phone & link it to your teen’s

    10. Call other parents to make sure your child is where they say they are

    Discuss this with your family and friends

    Make this a topic of conversation

    Instead of talking politics, talk about the challenges our children are facing

    Explain the process of Sex Trafficking of Urban and Suburban kids

    Use this site to explain and educate

    Volunteer and FIGHT!

    Our community needs your help

    Volunteer to help obtain more signatures for the legislative petition

    Participate in a Elijah Rising van tour or Intervention Day (every 2nd & 4th Friday)

    (See Call To Action section below)

  • What to do if it happens to you!

    Step 1

    Contact the police and make a report

    Step 2

    Find a recent picture

    Step 3

    Make a list of all know associates

    Step 4

    Dig into your child's phone and social media

    Step 5

    Contact a consultant or search group (use the "Connect With Us" section below for referrals)

  • Where We Are Having The Conversation

    Invite your friends, family, teachers and neighbors to attend and learn more!

    KHOU Channel 11 - starts in October 2017

    khou.com/sellinggirls

    Jeremy Rogalski has done some amazing research and coverage of the Sex trafficking situation in Harris and surrounding counties.

    Chapelwood United Methodist Church

    October 23rd, 2017

    11140 Greenbay Street, 77024

    Stratford High School - April 11th

    14555 Fern Dr. 77079 @6:30pm

    In an effort to raise awareness regarding human trafficking, Stratford High School will host a community meeting on Tuesday, April 11th at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium. Please join us and hear the stories of suburban Houston parents regarding their daughters being taken by sex and human traffickers this year. Learn what you can do to prevent it from happening to your family. You will walk away with a different perspective and awareness.

     

    Spring Branch ISD Admin Bldg. - Jan 26th

    955 Campbell Road, Houston 77024 @5pm

    Spring Branch ISD is hosting a "Parent U" for our presentation and opening it up to the community. This presentation will be similar to the one at Memorial BUT will be condensed to a shorter time frame and have 1 speaker you have not heard before. We will also have organizations that provide services to in case you get in this situation.

     

     

    St. Francis Episcopal Church - Jan 22nd

    335 Piney Point Road, Houston, TX 77024 @10am

    St. Francis will host us for a presentation at 10am between the two morning sermons. They are opening it up to the community...PLEASE COME you need to hear this message.

     

     

    The Unspoken Revealed Play - Jan 22nd

    7pm @ Texas Asia Society 1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston 77004

    The Unspoken Revealed is more than a stage play. It is based on a true story and was written to literally change lives by reaching those lost in the darkness of Modern-day Slavery -- and seeing them set free!

     

    Our goal is not just to create a successful production, but to spread the awareness in hopes of putting an end to the second largest criminal industry in the world. Join the movement ... it matters.

     

    This an EXTRAORDINARY performance that will awaken your awareness, move your heart and BLOW YOUR MIND.

    Memorial High School - December 8th

    935 Echo Lane, Houston, Texas 77055

    In an effort to raise awareness regarding human trafficking, MHS will host a community meeting on Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 pm in the Memorial High School Auditorium. Please join us and hear the stories of suburban Houston parents regarding their daughters being taken by sex and human traffickers this year. Learn what you can do to prevent it from happening to your family. You will walk away with a different perspective and awareness. - Lisa Weir, Principal

    Video Coming Soon

    Have A Recommendation?

    You find the school, we will bring the conversation!

    We are looking for our next community conversation assembly. We are going to have 2 per month until the majority of our Memorial/Spring Valley families have heard this message!

     

    For other areas, if you have a principal or headmaster willing to send out a school parent wide email to bring everyone together...let us know and we will bring the stories and content!

     

    Scroll down to the Contact Us section and send us a note!

  • Call to Action

    YOU need to do THIS NOW!

    Sign Legislation Petition

    When your daughter/son turns 18 you have

    NO rights and you CAN'T help them!

    Sign this Petition and help John Clark convince our politicians that the laws need to change NOW! Houston, Texas CAN do this!

     

    Protecting Girls in the Gap (18-20 years old)

    Raise the age of adulthood for any sexually oriented business or commercial sex act to 21

     

    Increase mandatory penalties for prostituting minors (anyone under 21)

     

    Require pimps to register as sex offenders

     

    Secures support services from ICAC and CAC to victims and families until the age of 21.

     

    (Click on the image above to sign the petition)

    Take a van tour with Elijah Rising

    Don't believe sex trafficking is in YOUR back yard?!

    Elijah Rising’s mandate in Houston includes driving the reality of modern-day slavery into the consciousness of our society.

     

    One way we accomplish this is by offering free Van Tours of high-probability trafficking areas in our city. These two-hour-long tours are a rolling Human Trafficking 101 class with visuals.

     

    The evil of sex trafficking is allowed to flourish in the darkness. By shining the bright light of awareness, we not only expose this darkness but compel the informed to respond.

     

    (Click on the image above to sign up for a van tour)

    Support Rescue Houston

    Houston and surrounding area Sex Trafficking Hotline

     

     

    Rescue Houston brings hope, freedom and new life to victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, through a 24/7 local helpline offering immediate response and rescue.

     
     

     

     

    Hope…through our outreach team and trained helpline advocates, revealing love and truth for a new life.

    Freedom…through our exit teams, providing a way out from their current situation.

    New Life…through our safe home partners and exit path mentors, providing holistic restoration of spirit, soul and body.

  • Connect With Us

    Let us know if you have a Principal or Parent that wants to host a conversation!

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