SOURCE: StreetLight

Eradicating Child Sex Slavery

March 30, 2011 14:44 ET

StreetLightPhx Launches Comprehensive Residential Treatment Solution for Victims of Child Sex Slavery

Now, Arizona's Child Victims of Sex Slavery Will Have a Safe Place to Go

PEORIA, AZ--(Marketwire - March 30, 2011) - StreetLightPhx announced today on April 4, a campus in the Phoenix valley will open its doors to girls aged 11 to 17 who have been rescued from domestic minor sex trafficking.

"It's truly a godsend for us," says Sgt. Clay Sutherlin of the Phoenix Police Vice Unit -- the unit of law enforcement dedicated to stopping child prostitution and human trafficking. They have a national reputation for successfully rescuing such victims.

The US Department of Justice and the FBI estimate that there are well over 100,000 children that are being sexually exploited each year, within the borders of the United States alone while the Phoenix Police Department Vice Unit estimates there are in excess of 200 underage girls sold repeatedly for sex in greater Phoenix and our local communities.

When rescued from captivity, these girls historically have been sent to jail or fallen back into slavery because no facility was equipped to care for them.

"Now, we have another option," says Sutherlin. "We have StreetLight."

StreetLight's mission is Eradicating Child Sex Slavery through awareness, prevention and holistic care. The aftercare program opening this month is a licensed group home and will focus on stabilizing victims to prepare them for therapy to address their deep trauma.

Survivors will go straight from the streets to the secure, home-like StreetLight campus -- a mini-neighborhood complete with six thoughtfully furnished cottages, a garden, a community kitchen, recreation space and a playground. Onsite security will protect the premises around the clock, and specially trained caregivers will live with the girls full-time, providing supervision and compassionate care.

Intentional treatment will involve the development of safe relationships, new coping mechanisms and life-skills training. Medical care, art and recreation activities also will be available.

"Treatment planning will be individualized depending on each child's presenting needs," says Melodee Bosna, director of residential services for Streetlight.

StreetLight is a unique collaboration of all sectors of society: law enforcement, local and national government, like-minded non-profits, educational institutions, businesses, churches and individuals.

"It really is a community model of healing, and I really believe that will have a lot to do with our sustainability and long-term effectiveness," says Bosna.

About StreetLightPhx
'Stop Child Rape for Profit, Inc.' dba/StreetLight is a Arizona based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2009 committed to Eradicating Child Sex Slavery through a 3-tier strategy of Awareness, Prevention, and Holistic Care. Our 'community-based' comprehensive residential treatment facility model offers a combination of 24-hour supervision within a 'staff-secure, safe-house' environment integrated with intensive multi-disciplined holistic treatment programs to female victims aged 11-17 rescued from Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.

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