The Lighthouse program for survivors of sex trafficking
Sex trafficking – women and children being sold for sex – is a growing problem in the United States, in California, and here in Orange County. Human traffickers prey on young women and girls who have been abused or neglected, who have been victims of violent crimes or who have run away from their home.
Sex Trafficking Statistics:
- Of the 284 Orange County human trafficking victims assisted in 2016, 241 or 85% were victims of sex trafficking.
- Of the 241 sex trafficking victims:
- 97% were female
- 69% were adults and 31% were minors
- 92% were US citizens
- 61% were new victims
- Based on that, on average 3 new victims per week were identified and assisted in Orange County alone
About The Lighthouse:
The Lighthouse is a program for survivors of sex trafficking in Orange County. This residential program helps them return to a healthy and productive life. The Lighthouse is staffed 24/7 by Orangewood employees who have the experience and training to understand this unique population and offer specialized, individualized support. Similar to our current transitional housing programs, The Lighthouse is more than just a place to live. It is a place for survivors to heal and begin to create a new life for themselves.
If you are interested in learning more about sex trafficking in Orange County and Orangewood’s residential program for survivors of sex trafficking, please join us for a free community forum. They are held on the second Monday of every month from 6:30-8:00 P.M. The content repeats each month.
**Trafficking forums will resume in September. Exact date TBD**
For questions about referring young women to the program, please contact Polly Williams, Site Supervisor, at (714) 236-5925.
Please note: We do not have volunteers opportunities at The Lighthouse due to the sensitive nature of what the women have experienced in their pasts. If you’d like to volunteer for Orangewood in other ways, please click here to be redirected to our Volunteer page.