HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS OUTREACH CAMPAIGN
The S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) project was founded by anti-trafficking advocate and survivor, Theresa Flores, on September 9, 2017, in an effort to heighten HT awareness in her community. Flores, who grew up in the suburbs of Detroit in the 1980s, was trafficked out of her own home without her parents knowing at the age of 15 by a classmate and his cousins. The pain of this injustice driving her, Flores started the SOAP project to reach out to women and girls who desperately need to escape the sex industry but lack the resources to do so.
The SOAP project involves wrapping bars of soap in labels that have the national human trafficking hotline (1-888-373-7888) and the county’s Safe Harbour contact number printed on them. Hotels are hotspots for trafficking. Victims and customers are easily hidden amongst those who come and go from their many rooms.
The labeled bars are distributed to local hotels to be placed in bathrooms, creating the opportunity for victims to seek necessary help. Along with these bars, posters of missing children are handed out to hotel staff members, encouraging them to report any suspicious activity that could occur at their place of employment.