We are excited to announce the release of a new public service announcement “John’s Story.” The goal of this PSA is to bring awareness to and open dialogue about minor male victims of sex trafficking in Southwest Florida and to direct viewers to The National Human Trafficking Hotline and The Florida Abuse Hotline to report suspected child sex trafficking.
“John’s Story” is based on the experiences of Laurie Sammons, a nationally-known educator, author and speaker, who knew John, a young man who had been sexually abused from age 4-16. John’s Story is a 60 second PSA told through the voice of “John” that recounts his harrowing journey through sexual abuse and trafficking. The project also includes a 4 minute behind the scenes interview with Sammons.
The US Department of State recently stated that, “Too often men and boys go unidentified and remain in perilous situations, and when they do escape trafficking situations, there are a lack of programs established to assist male victims. Less than 1% of human trafficking victims are ever identified.” Christy’s Cause wants to shed a light on this situation and open up a conversation in Southwest Florida in hopes of creating an environment where male victims can reach out for help.
To report information or suspicious activity call The National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text “info” or “help” to 233733. The toll-free hotline is available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in more than 200 languages.
The Florida Department of Children and Families Abuse Hotline (1-800-96-ABUSE) is available as an additional avenue to report suspected cases of human trafficking and the exploitation of children.