Survivors & Those At Risk 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.

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Sex Trafficking Statistics:

According to the 2019 Human Trafficking Victim Report produced by the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force:

Of the 415 Orange County human trafficking victims assisted in 2017 and 2018, 87% were victims of sex trafficking.
Of the 359 sex trafficking victims:
99% were female
69% were adults and 31% were minors
83% were US citizens
61% were new victims

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About The Lighthouse:

The Lighthouse is a program for survivors of sex trafficking in Orange County. This transitional housing 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.

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About Project CHOICE:

Project CHOICE empowers youth ages 11-21 years to take back their power of choice, through a survivor centered and strengths based approach, prioritizing the health, safety, and stability of each youth. The program offers a drop-in center for youth with one-on-one support and awareness and training for the community.


For questions about referring young women to the program, please contact Chelsea O’Reilly, at coreilly@orangewoodfoundation.org.

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.