G is for GEMS: Girls Education & Mentoring Services

Posted: April 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

*In New York City alone there are an estimated 2,200 children victimized by commercial sexual exploitation annually (OCFS 2007 Prevalence Study).
*The Department of Justice estimates the most frequent age of entry into the commercial sex industry in the United States is 12-14 years old (www.usdoj.gov).
*100,000 – 300,000 children are at risk for commercial sexual exploitation each year in the United States (Estes & Weiner, 2001).

In 1997, Rachel Lloyd came to the U.S. as a missionary to work with women who were exiting prostitution but while she was doing her missionary work she realized that something needed to be done about the young women who were at risk for sexual exploitation. Sitting at her kitchen table, she came up with a plan. By 1998, Ms. Lloyd had founded GEMS: Girls Education & Mentoring Services, an organization designed to help end commercial exploitation and trafficking of children while providing education, outreach, intervention, and court advocacy services for survivors.

GEMS is dedicated to empowering survivors of sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to help them reach their full potential by focusing on the beauty and self-worth of each individual survivor.

The Mission of GEMS is clear, “committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth.”

If you are a family member, victim of sexual exploitation or domestic trafficking, or a survivor please consider contacting Girls Education and Mentoring Services. It could be your story that makes a difference.

  1. Mojo says:

    Glad I found this blog through the A to Z challenge. I really like what you’re doing here – the Internet is all about cross-pollination of ideas and expanding the mass consciousness (at least, that’s my idea of what the Internet is all about).

    I find the trafficking of human beings one of the saddest enterprises imaginable, so thanks for publicizing the work of GEMS here.

  2. Marie Anne says:

    I love these organizations you’re finding to share with your readers. GEMS sounds like a gem for sure.

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