Coligo Contributor Aisha Powell (@aishapowell_)
NYPD is taking on sex trafficking with help from nonprofit women. Courageous women volunteer to go into suspected massage parlors to hopefully undercover any hidden trafficking.
The women have teamed up with the NYPD to be “undercover-detectives” going into massage parlors that the police think are harboring immigrants and forcing them into #sextrafficking. The volunteers are women who work with or for nonprofits that feel an inclination to help these victims by putting themselves in possible danger. Sanctuary for Families is an organization
“is the leading nonprofit in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving domestic violence victims, sex trafficking victims, and their children. Each year, Sanctuary helps thousands of victims and their children build safe lives by offering a range of high quality services to meet their complex needs.”
The organization serve over 15,000 survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and related forms of gender violence every year. Lori Cohen, Director for the Sanctuary Families, said the workers “are being beaten, they’re being strangled, they’re being stabbed in a few instances and usually raped. And so when our group of workers are getting into, so much of the conversations have been, ‘Are you feeling safe?'” said Cohen.
This initiative stems from New York’s new push to crack down on brothels and help sex traffickers get help. The prostitutes and workers are often scared to speak to police, so the NYPD and Sanctuary families, thought of this idea to help build trust and hopefully expose brothels. To find out more about the sanctuaries, visit their website at https://sanctuaryforfamilies.org.