Restoring Survivors of Human Trafficking
United States (Columbus, Ohio)
Human trafficking is when a person is forced, coerced, or manipulated to work against their will. The most common form in Ohio is sex trafficking. Every day, countless men and women, boys and girls are sold for sex. Against their will.
What many refer to as the oldest profession in the world, prostitution, is finally being recognized as the oldest oppression in the world. The average age of entry into the sex trade is 12-14years old. Many of these children suffered childhood sexual abuse, rape, and trauma. Many were runaways. All were exploited and are victims of sex trafficking.
The conservative estimate of the current number of Ohio children daily sold for sex is 1,000 with thousands more at risk. Every year in Franklin County alone, over a thousand women are arrested on solicitation charges. Law enforcement officials have reported that pimps are now recruiting girls at area malls including Easton, Polaris, and Tuttle. Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world – one that operates in the shadows of our neighborhoods.
THE Doma SOLUTIONS:
Doma is fighting trafficking here on the homefront in many ways!
Through our CATCH Connection Program, we journey with the CATCH ladies as they move from victim to survivor through mentorship, life skills, and workforce development via our social enterprise (FREEDOM A LA CART- a yummy food cart that employs the ladies).
Doma continues to educate and empower Columbus communities to resist sex trafficking through ABOLITIONIST U. We believe that education is one of the most critical steps in the modern abolitionist movement, and we will continue to lead the way in making comprehensive education available to all.
WHO ARE THE CATCH LADIES?
CATCH ladies are women enrolled in Franklin County’s Municipal Court Speciality docket called C.A.T.C.H. – Changing Actions to Change Habits. It is an innovative, voluntary, two-year program designed to rescue and restore those trapped in the sex trade through intensive probation and rehabilitation services. It utilizes a restorative-justice approach to helping ladies through support, encouragement, and accountability.
For more information on CATCH, check out 10tv’s coverage here.
Doma provides various services to the women in CATCH. These include weekly lunches, monthly outings, apartment makeovers, annual retreats and more. To get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.