Survivor Looks to Help other Victims by Creating an Idaho Task Force
Two years ago, the world was introduced to Amanda Forrest's story. She shared her story about what life is like for a victim of human sex trafficking in Idaho. Forrest wants to use her survival story when she was inside the world of human trafficking to aid other victims.
Like other midwestern states, Idaho is a rural state that at times is easy to pass through undetected. For this reason it's a hub for human trafficking. We know sex trafficking is an issue for this state, as was quoted in the article by President of the Idaho Coalition for Justice Kim Peake who supports Forrest’s grassroots efforts to educate and empower others. On the local level, Forrest’s new Idaho-based organization is called Oceans, which she hopes will be able to reach out to community partners to fight against human trafficking in Idaho. She desires to form a task force that works together to help victims and prosecute the buyers and the traffickers.
“We are aiming for a survivor centered approach,” said Forrest. “We need to provide survivors with tools they need to exit and reconstruct their lives, things like new survival skills and techniques.” This sentiment is echoed by The Selah Way Foundation, as our organization continually works to empower survivors. We believe that including survivor voices as a part of the solution is paramount in fighting sex trafficking
The Selah Way Foundation applauds the efforts of Forrest and all of those working to end human trafficking especially during this time when so many of our nation’s children are at home under shelter in place orders due to COVID-19. This means that they are highly vulnerable to predators online on apps and in chat rooms, and sadly, many are even forced to stay home with their abuser(s). This only reveals even more the importance of our Prevention Imitative, which equips children and interveners with the tools and education they need to stay safe, speak up against exploitation and be a part of the solution to end sex trafficking.