THANK YOU to all who have supported our vision to see
lives transformed by mobilizing people and resources
to empower survivors!
Together we are able to…
- Provide intensive therapeutic treatment through the Day Program (for women and youth)
- Provide interstate transportation for trafficked youth who have been rescued and are returning to Arkansas
- Educate youth on danger signs and how to stay safe
- Provide Emergency transportation and shelter for adult victims of sex-trafficking
- Provide Emergency Care Kits for women and youth coming out of sex-trafficking
- Provide Case Management services to survivors of sexual assault, sex trafficking and prostitution
- Offer a Work Program for survivors needing to strengthen their professional aptitude
- Manage a 24 hour HELP-line
- Offer Victim Services and Awareness Training throughout the state
- Work alongside legislators to strengthen and change laws as needed
We are excited to announce the expansion of the PATH Day Program and addition of classes. These classes are open to women who are survivors of sexual assault, sex-trafficking and prostitution. For more information contact the PATH office at 501-993-1641.
Most Americans believe that Human Trafficking is something that happens overseas; deep in third world countries, where men and women are forced into sweatshops, or perhaps they allow themselves to imagine the brothels of Southeast Asian. But people don’t associate Human Trafficking with America. Unfortunately, Human Trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children and adults is a horrific reality throughout the United States. Statistics are hard to come by but it is estimated that there are 100,000 – 300,000 children currently being sold for sex in the US (according to the Polaris Project and a report by the MD Rescue & Restore Coalition). To bring this closer to home, a 2011 prostitution sting operation in Little Rock, Arkansas revealed that 50% of those arrested were either actively being trafficked or in prostitution as a direct result of being trafficked at an earlier age.
Why are stats so hard to find? Many of those arrested or rescued may not readily disclose that they are victims for a variety of reasons including fear, mistrust and effects of the trauma. Several survivors that PATH has worked with, especially minors, state that they stopped trying to tell people about being forced to have sex because the guardian, law enforcement officer, counselor, etc. “didn’t believe me”. Some young women have even complained that they were ‘laughed at’. Regardless of the rationale for this type of response by adults and professionals, most of which may be a simple lack of education, once a victim shuts down from telling his or her story, they are much less likely to even try to tell it again. Additionally, things such as effects of trauma, brainwashing or Stockholm Syndrome can cause a survivor to misinterpret what has happened. 90% of the women that have participated in the PATH Program vacillated between believing that they were forced to sell their bodies and stating they chose that lifestyle, even though the facts clearly define a trafficking situation.
PATH’s Mission is to advocate on the behalf of those victimized by sex-trafficking, provide trauma focused restorative care and educate our communities. This is done through a number of services with a primary focus on providing a safe environment for rescued victims of sex-trafficking, sexual assault and prostitution to heal in a therapeutic environment of restoration and community reintegration, through a variety of Christ-centered services and recovery programs, offering hope for healing, personal growth and future success.
Our Philosophy: God is at the center of all we do. We are committed to building God’s Kingdom and integrating faith, healing, learning and action.
Our success depends on your involvement. Join in the fight against Human Trafficking.