When you think of Charlotte, what comes to mind? Big banks? The Panthers? Craft breweries? Probably not human trafficking.
Human trafficking generates $32 billion every year, and Charlotte is one of the top 10 human trafficking states in the country. It has the highest human trafficking rate in North Carolina. The Queen City lies at the intersection of several major interstates with access to an international airport. Every year, more than 1,700 girls are trafficked in North Carolina. More than 2,000 children in the state are homeless, and 1 in 3 will be sold into human trafficking within 48 hours of being homeless.
Lily Pad Haven provides safe housing in the Charlotte area for adult survivors of human trafficking and helps them transition to independent living. Lily Pad serves guests who are referred by federal, state and local law enforcement and organizations who work with human trafficking survivors. Almost 70 survivors and their children have been given a safe place to stay.
In 2018, Lily Pad Haven is opening another home to create two new beds for survivors. It costs $109 a day to take care of a Lily Pad guest. This money will go toward their housing, food, phones, resources and transportation. I’m raising money to cover three days in a Lily Pad home. Will you help me?
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