What is human trafficking?
Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.
What is a commercial sex act?
A commercial sex act means any sex act on account of which anything of value (money, drugs, food, housing, clothing, etc) is given to or received by any person.
Who can benefit from Faithful Love’s services?
Faithful Love reaches out to adult female survivors of sexual exploitation. This would include women who are being trafficked or prostituted. We also offer wrap-around support and counseling services for those women who have completed a program and return to their hometown of Brunswick, or to those who may want these services but are not ready for a long-term program
What is the difference between being trafficked and prostituted?
Faithful Love views these as one and the same. While the entry may look different, those who are “trafficked” and those who are “prostituted” endure force, fraud or coercion. These women endure mental, emotional and physical abuse at the hands of the buyer who often feel they have the right to do anything since they have paid for the woman.
Why doesn’t the person being exploited leave the trafficker and get help?
For those who are being exploited there are several reasons why one cannot just get away. A few of those reasons are as follows: According to In Our Backyard
- The trafficker holds power of life and death over them, which triggers a sense of dependence and helplessness.
- The telltale signs of trafficking is that the trafficker holds the persons personal identification (drivers license, Social Security card, passport, etc.) keeping them from leaving.
- Most do not have family or friends or people they can trust close.
- Stockholm syndrome: Stockholm syndrome is a psychological response wherein a captive begins to identify closely with his or her captors, as well as with their agenda and demands.
- Trauma Bonding: Trauma bonding is also a psychological response to abuse. It occurs when the abused person forms an unhealthy bond with the person who abuses them. The person experiencing abuse may develop sympathy for the abusive person, which becomes reinforced by cycles of abuse, followed by remorse.
- Great fear of their traffickers reprisal against their loved ones or children.
- Often trafficking survivors suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder due to the abuse endured from the seller and the buyer (Belles, 2015, pages 176-178).
What kind of help does Faithful Love offer women who are being sexually exploited?
Faithful Love has a hotline that the women can call any time. We have a home that is open during daytime hours where women can take a shower, rest while our home is open, do laundry, get a hot meal, and receive counseling so we can identify her specific needs are and offer appropriate help. We collaborate with several safe homes around the state and outside of Georgia and we provide safe transportation to those programs. We also offer other programs at our home that were created to help women begin the healing process and gain independence away from the trafficker. We offer individual counseling and group counseling.
How can I help someone get in touch with Faithful Love if she needs help?
Have her call our hotline number. 1-800-261-0997
How can I become involved with Faithful Love and volunteer?
You can email us at email@example.com or you can also call our hotline and let the person who answers know that you want more information about volunteering. We would love to talk to you about the opportunities we have.
How can I donate to fund the mission?
Faithful Love is a registered 501(c)(3) non profit organization and your donations are tax-deductible. You can mail a check to:
1700 Frederica Road, Suite #304, St. Simons Island, GA 31522.
You can donate online via our secure donation platform, Stewardship here: