ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The St. Louis founder of International Crisis Aid, an organization helping girls escape and recover from sex trafficking is heading to Ethiopia this weekend.
Founder Pat Bradley says they are hoping to rescue nearly two dozen girls in Ethiopia’s Red Light district.
International Crisis Aid has four homes in the region helping victims Bradley says as young as 9 years of age. That same program was brought to St. Louis this year.
“We’ve actually had sixteen girls come through the program,” Bradley says. But for security reasons he can’t say how many girls have stayed in the home.
“We had girls in there anywhere from two to three days up to six months now.”
Bradley says many girls that are forced into the dark world of prostitution are local girls.
But that word — prostitution — is a word Bradley never uses.
“When we use that word prostitution, in most people’s mind in America — in the back of our minds we’re thinking there is a degree of willingness of that girl,” he explains.
Bradley goes on to say all these girls are victims. And those victims are telling him there are more like them in the St. Louis are who need help.