To celebrate their 4thbirthday, nonprofit organization the Creativity Shell is launching a new Human Trafficking Prevention Program (HTPP://) in an effort to protect k-5 students in low income neighborhoods from predators.
The Creativity Shell teaches sewing/textile arts classes to students in their private studios, libraries, schools and shelters that rescue children from homelessness, trauma and human trafficking. Their classes are designed to educate and inspire children by teaching them essential life and practical skills.
Through feedback and conversations from student survivors in their programs at local shelters in Houston, the Creativity Shell has learned that at-risk and underserved children are easy prey for human traffickers. The promise of love, money, fame and a way out of their current life in often used by traffickers to lure and groom victims and traffickers are also lurking around in neighborhoods where children must walk to and from school as a way to get to know the children and groom them appropriately. Many of the young trafficking survivors in Creativity Shell programs were lured and groomed away from their homes and were sex trafficked by people they though they knew, loved and trusted.
Also, according to an article written by Marketwatch.com on July 28, 2019 about accused human trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, “The sexual-assault victimization rate among those from households making less than $7,500 is 12 times that of those making more than $75,000.” The article also added that “many of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged underage victims were “particularly vulnerable to exploitation – and research on sex-trafficking survivors bears out their claim.”
For these reasons, the Creativity Shell feels that it is essential to launch their new Human Trafficking Prevention Program (HTPP://). The idea of the HTPP:// is to reach out to elementary school students in an effort to teach them practical and fundamental skills before their weaknesses are exploited by human traffickers. By learning life and job readiness skills in Creativity Shell programs, students will grow up with skills such as sewing, cooking, money management, delayed gratification, self-confidence, self-esteem and more. The Creativity Shell is hoping to inspire the students enough so that when they are approached by traffickers, they will not be easily swayed.
The Creativity Shell plans to launch the HTPP:// by strategically placing the organization’s programs at low-income elementary schools and in low-income neighborhoods. The organization will be offering after-school sewing/textile arts and other trades programs to K-5 students and programs will be free of charge to children in Title 1 schools.
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