Christy’s Cause Receives Grant from Wells Fargo Foundation
Grant funds “Taylor’s Story,” a film about sex trafficking
(Estero, Fla. – March 15, 2017) — Christy’s Cause, a non-profit working to eradicate child sex trafficking through education, public awareness, restoration projects, and justice initiatives, has received a $4,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation.
The grant will fund “Taylor’s* Story,” a short film documenting the heroic story of a young woman who became a victim of sex trafficking, found freedom, and began to heal. Taylor, an all-American girl from a middle class home, was trafficked out of Florida when she was 16 years old. She was in FBI witness protection while her trafficker was being prosecuted. Taylor is now 18 years old and her trafficker has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison followed by lifetime supervised release. Taylor’s identity is kept confidential in the video.
Taylor hopes are that by sharing her story she can give trapped victims courage to come forward while helping the community better understand the nature of this horrific crime. She also wants her story to be used in conjunction with human trafficking training efforts.
The goal of the video is to provide law enforcement, the state attorney’s office, and other related organizations a free tool to use as part of trainings about sex trafficking. These include the Human Trafficking Resource Center at Florida Gulf Coast University and Wings of Shelter, an organization that offers an education program to raise awareness and train individuals to join the fight against human trafficking.
“Christy’s Cause is doing very difficult and important work in our community, fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves,” said Monette Everett, District Manager, Wells Fargo. “We are extremely proud to support their efforts.”
“Florida ranks third in the nation in reported human trafficking cases according to the Department of Justice,” said Christy Ivie, founder of Christy’s Cause. “This grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation will allow us to share valuable information with law enforcement and help dispel myths about the victims of sex trafficking.”
According to The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) human sex trafficking is the most common form of modern-day slavery. Estimates place the number of its domestic and international victims in the millions, mostly females and children enslaved in the commercial sex industry for little or no money.
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.