Once a child is taken by a trafficker, their reprogramming begins immediately. Traffickers put great effort into making their victims believe they are worthless, no one cares about them, no one is looking for them, there is no way to escape, and no one is ever going to come for them. These young girls are kept naked, beaten, branded and/or burned, continuously drugged and raped an average of 100 times within the first 24 hours of being taken.
With all that is done to them, these helpless victims begin to believe they are just as worthless as their traffickers say they are.
Once rescued, there are many layers to even beginning the recovery for these victims. The brands placed on these children must be removed. Counseling must begin and will continue for a long time.
The Phoenix Charity in collaboration with Body Restore Med Spa and Laser Center in The Woodlands, Texas removes the tattoos, burns and scars from their bodies. This is a critical step in their recovery because through this process, the visible reminders vanish and only the mental and sometimes physical reminders are left to work through.