Although she makes a $1000 a night for her trafficker, after years of sexual slavery in the human trafficking industry she is left with nothing…and no choices. There is no way out for her unless someone helps. Without outside intervention many human trafficked victims are trapped, without viable options for escape. Hidden Treasures Foundation reaches out to victims where they are being worked by their trafficker.


This is the first step after coming out of “The Life.” Restoration involves replenishing to a survivor’s life what was taken or was never allowed to be experienced: socially, emotionally, physically or spiritually. In the beginning of this phase the survivor may be taken to the beach and allowed to soak in the sun or have a birthday party thrown in her honor. Both of these experiences are considered normal living for most people but may be the first of many other first time experiences for the human trafficked survivor.


The third stage of transformation is when the survivor is reestablished in a new direction, a new life. She is advancing her education, pursuing a job, deciding on a career choice and finding her place in her community. This is a good time to explore hobbies and develop new personal and interpersonal skills as her sense of purpose and worth continue to grow.


Depending on the survivor’s childhood experiences and complexity of trauma it may take her two to seven years to reach this stage. She is no longer a victim, not even a survivor anymore but an over comer; her brokenness and pain has healed. Her life story has become strength for her, she is confident. She has shown a pattern of life maintenance and self-sufficiency. She will always be connected to us but has shown she is competent to live independently, she makes wise choices and it is time for her to live on her own.

Did You Know?

The average age that a victim is first trafficked for sex in the U.S. is just 12-14 yrs old.

Many victims are runaway girls who have already suffered sexual abuse as children.

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“No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special.
You still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning.”
― Barbara DeAngelis