Education

We are educating people to stand up & protect their communities

 
 

Catch the Wave of Hope is leading the way to bring awareness and education about the realities of sex trafficking into businesses, community organizations and schools. We find that people were not aware that sex trafficking is really happening - right here in their own backyard, to our own children. They are shocked to know that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that 100,000 - 300,000 American children are trafficked every year. People are surprised to learn that our youth are being lured, seduced and tricked into becoming victims of sex trafficking. The average age of a girl entering the sex slave industry is just 13 years old. Boys make up 15% of victims and their average age is 9-11 years old.

Several of CWH's board members are ambassadors of Shared hope International. We use Shared Hope International's Chosen training to help students, parents, teachers, businesses, and communities understand the reality of sex trafficking - including what it looks like, how to identify when it is happening, how to identify when a child is being groomed, how to report it and how to stop it. These trainings have proven extremely effective. 

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100,000 - 300,000

AMERICAN CHILDREN
ARE SEX TRAFFICKED EVERY YEAR

Estimated by National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

15%

OF SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS
ARE BOYS

99%

OF BUYERS ARE MEN

 
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12-14 YEARS OLD

AVERAGE AGE OF A GIRL ENTERING THE SEX SLAVE TRADE

Polaris Project & Shared Hope
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NEED TO PLACE 240 CHILDREN

ONLY 20 BEDS AVAILABLE (2016)

Florida Department of Children and Families Annual Human Trafficking Report
2015-2016 Federal Fiscal Year
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1 IN 6 RUNAWAYS

WILL BECOME SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
 

Awareness

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 Our founder, Lynne Barletta, spreading awareness.

Our founder, Lynne Barletta, spreading awareness.

Education and awareness in our communities is the key to shutting down sex trafficking operations, stopping the demand and abolishing sex trafficking.

We offer specialized sex-trafficking awareness programs for schools, organizations and businesses.

Several of CWH's board members are ambassadors of Shared hope International. We use Shared Hope International’s Chosen training to help students in middle school through high school understand the reality of sex trafficking -  including what it looks like, how to identify when it is happening and expose the methods of predators on social media and raise awareness to protect our children. Please contact us for an ambassador to speak to middle school or high school children in youth groups or schools with appropriate materials approved by many Florida public schools. 

Catch the Wave of Hope has a group awareness program that can be given to your organization, church, business or group that will identify what is happening locally with signs of human trafficking activity, what to look for, statistics, how to identify when a child is being groomed, how to report it and how to stop it. These trainings have proven extremely effective and have led to the breaking up of homes and rings of trafficked victims locally. Please contact us below to book a trained representative from Catch the Wave of Hope for your organization. 

After a community awareness event, one board member received a tip from someone who had attended the event reporting what was previously believed to be suspicious behavior. But after the awareness event, it now was recognized as sex-trafficking. This tip was turned into law enforcement and resulted in a trafficking home being busted by local law enforcement. That home was tied to a larger home that was then closed down in Riviera Beach.

The awareness and education has also resulted in students self-identifying as victims of sex trafficking and receiving resources to report it and get help. Catch the Wave of Hope education and awareness events in schools and for at risk youth have also resulted in students reporting cases of friends or family members being trafficked.

 
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