Soap-wrapper messages prove effective check on child sex slavery
One group fighting sex trafficking calls itself S.O.A.P. – Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution. And they’ve actually found a way to use soap to battle this second leading crime in America.
This weekend, they gathered a couple of dozen volunteers in Arlington, Virginia across the Potomac from Washington D.C. to pack bags with bars of soap that have the number of the National Human Trafficking Hotline on the wrapper. Then they delivered these bags to hotels and motels around the D.C. Metro area.
The wrapper says “Are you being forced to do anything you do not want to do? Have you been threatened if you try to leave? Have you witnessed young girls being prostituted? If so, please call: 1-888-3737-888 – National Human Trafficking Hotline.”
SOAP Saved a Chicago Girl
S.O.A.P. Founder Theresa Flores recently received a text message from someone about one of these wrappers.
Flores recalled, “It said ‘you are the reason I’m free. I found a bar of soap in Chicago and it gave me a reason to get out.’”
The volunteers working with S.O.A.P. also gave local hotels and motels folders containing a list of warning signs for desk clerks to watch out for, and also photos of missing girls who might be among the potentially thousands of sex trafficking underage victims in the U.S. right now.
Photo in the Right Hands Led to Rescue
Flores was around when a photo of a missing girl put in the hands of a desk clerk worked recently.
“And the clerk said ‘she just checked in 20 minutes ago with an older man.’ And she’s 15, right? So we were able to call the authorities and go get her immediately, “ Flores told CBN News.
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