Sex trafficking is widely placed into a category as being a "women's issue." In addition to being simply untrue, this categorization is harmful to male survivors of sex trafficking. It exacerbates the shame some survivors may feel. It drives an already low identification rate lower, because people are not looking for males to exhibit signs of trafficking. It places a road block for those survivors seeking support, as they risk not being believed and not being able to find placement in a restorative care home because beds available for men and boys are slim to none.
But the reality of the matter is that 13% of sex trafficking survivors are men and 1 in 3 child trafficking victims are boys. This leaves a staggering number of male survivors left to fend for themselves when seeking restorative care in a country where trafficking is viewed as a women's issue.
We must do better as communities seeking to support survivors and help them overcome their pasts.
The mission to eradicate child sex trafficking in America includes boys.
The drive to ensure hope, freedom, and a future for survivors of human trafficking involves boys and men.
The call to be a safe house and build safe houses includes a refuge for boys and men.
Safe House Project is proud to support organizations who offer restorative care to men and boys while upholding industry best-practices. Our mission to educate communities includes educating them on how to spot, report, and prevent the trafficking of men and boys. Our drive for survivor empowerment is all-encompassing, with the understanding that male survivor leaders are valid and have something unique to bring to the table, just as each female survivor we work with does.
Sex trafficking is not a women's issue. It is a community issue. It is a human rights issue. It is an issue that impacts small rural towns and widespread metropolises, from the West Coast to the East Coast, and everywhere in between.
If you are a male survivor, your story is valid. Your healing is important. You matter. We believe you.