Mile High Women’s Outreach Center
Our Mission… to help heal, educate and empower the victims and survivors of sexual exploitation and trauma; helping to bring some inner peace into the darkness that surrounds these issues. We Believe… every person has the right to live a life free from imprisonment, sexual exploitation and trauma.
We Provide …trauma informed care that takes a collaborative approach where the healing is led by the client and the provider of choice. As trauma stems from violence, abuse, neglect disaster terrorism and war, nearly every individual is impacted in some way. We believe in shifting the question from what is wrong with you to what has happened to you reducing blame and shame that occurs with labeling building an understanding of how past impacts the present making connections that progress the client towards healing and recovery.
Sex trafficking in Colorado is REAL! Through our Advocacy the agency offers individual and group Counseling Programs and Education Awareness workshops for everyone. Mile High Women’s Outreach Center strives to realize our vision of a safe community, freedom and healing from sex-trafficking crimes.
WE SEEK TO PARTNER WITH OTHER AGENCIES TO STOP SEX TRAFFICKING, PROVIDE HEALING TO VICTIMS,
AND BRING AWARENESS TO THE PUBLIC.
WE VALUE COLLABORATION OVER COMPETITION!
Mile High Women’s Outreach Center strives to work in cooperation and partnership with community organizations, state service providers, private care providers, and law enforcement agencies. We are not looking to compete with or duplicate the efforts of other heroes in the fight against sex trafficking. We believe that a specific need exists to provide a round-the-clock response to trafficking victims, and we hope to do our part to fill that need.
PROFILE OF A TRAFFICKED PERSON
What Is the Profile of a Trafficking Victim?
Most trafficking victims will not readily volunteer information about their status because of fear and abuse they have suffered at the hands of their trafficker. They may also be reluctant to come forward with information from despair, discouragement, and a sense that there are no viable options to escape their situation. Even if pressed, they may not identify themselves as someone held in bondage for fear of retribution to themselves or family members. However, there are indicators that often point to a person held in a slavery condition. They include:
Health Characteristics of a Trafficked Person:
Trafficked individuals are usually treated as disposable possessions without much attention given to their mental or physical health. Accordingly, some of the health problems that may be evident in a victim include:
· Malnutrition, dehydration or poor personal hygiene
· Sexually transmitted diseases
· Signs of rape or sexual abuse
· Bruising, broken bones, or other signs of untreated medical problems
· Critical illnesses including diabetes, cancer or heart disease
· Post-traumatic stress or psychological disorders
Other Important Signs:
In addition to some of the obvious physical and mental indicators of trafficking, there are other signs that an individual is being controlled by someone else. Red flags should go up for police or aid workers who notice any of the following during an intake. The individual:
· Does not hold his/her own identity or travel documents
· Suffers from verbal or psychological abuse designed to intimidate, degrade and frighten the individual
· Has a trafficker or pimp who controls all the money, victim will have very little or no pocket money