A young adult was referred to the Open Doors Outreach Network after being suspected they might be a victim of sex trafficking. A Survivor-Mentor met with this young adult, who began to identify their partner as a trafficker. While their relationship started as any other, over time he became more dangerous, growing physically abusive while committing other unspeakable crimes.
Fearing for the victim’s safety, the Survivor-Mentor helped make contact with local domestic violence shelters. The Survivor Mentor, having a close relationship with local law enforcement, tipped them off about the trafficker who had an outstanding warrant and he was captured through a sting arrest.
Feeling much more secure and safe, the young adult has continued to receive care from the Open Doors Outreach Network. This encouragement helped them land employment and a new place to live. The young adult is continuing to walk the path to well-being, with the support of the Open Doors Outreach Network behind them.
To make a referral to the Open Doors Outreach Network, please contact:
• Central Florida (Seminole, Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Lake and Sumter counties): One More Child, 407-799-8719 (Seminole, Brevard, Orange and Lake), 863-255-5351 (Polk, Osceola, Sumter and Lake)
• Northeast Florida (Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, Baker and Clay counties): Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, 904-412-8923
• Suncoast (Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas, Sarasota, Pasco and Hernando counties): More Too Life, 941-227-1012
• Southwest Florida (Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties): One More Child, 239-478-8649
If you believe you are a victim of or suspect human trafficking, please call:
Florida DCF Abuse Hotline: 1 (800) 962-2873
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1 (888) 373-7888