As a young model in Los Angeles, Sula was lured into a sex trafficking nightmare. Today she is a powerful motivational speaker and advocate for sex trafficking victims around the world. Sula uses her story to help others find the same healing, freedom and hope that she has found. She enjoys speaking and reaching community groups at risk including women in shelters, in the sex industry, on the streets and in jails. While participating in work to improve legislation that aids in preventing trafficking, Sula also provides domestic sex trafficking awareness and training for communities, schools, children’s advocacy agencies, local law enforcement & military. She is an active board member & trafficking abolitionist with BeGenerous Inc., serves as a survivor voice on the board of Lavished Ministries and is a supporter & advocate for Crisis Aid International. Sula is also a member of the Circuit 1 Human Trafficking Task Force in the Florida panhandle. Perhaps one of the most beautiful areas of redemption is Sula’s work with TRADE by Gina LaMorte which trades “Fashion for Freedom,” in the same industry that Sula was trafficked so many years ago. Additionally, Sula pastors alongside her amazing husband, John Skiles, at Impact Life Church in Destin, FL. Together they have two beautiful children.
Website: Social Media: @SulaSkiles
Sula Skiles -Trafficking Survivor & Abolitionist
National Human Trafficking Resource Center
Text: "BeFree" or 233733
-To Report a Tip
-To connect with anti-trafficking services in your area
-To request training and technical assistance, general
information or specific anti-trafficking resources
"Sex trafficking occurs when people are forced or coerced into the commercial sex trade against their will. Child sex trafficking includes any child involved in commercial sex. Sex traffickers frequently target vulnerable people with histories of abuse and then use violence, threats, lies, false promises, debt bondage, or other forms of control and manipulation to keep victims involved in the sex industry. Sex trafficking exists within the broader commercial sex trade, often at much larger rates than most people realize or understand. Sex trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues of the overall sex industry, including residential brothels, hostess clubs, online escort services, fake massage businesses, strip clubs, and street prostitution." - Polaris Project
What is Sex Trafficking?
Sex Trafficking Education Resources
Sex Trafficking Statistics & Facts
Every 2 minutes a child is being prepared for sexual exploitation. -Unicef
There are girls as young as 5 and 6 years old in the U.S. that are forced to do sexual acts for economic gain by their pimp. –U.S. Department of Justice
The average age a girl enters the commercial sex trade is 12-14 years old. For boys, it’s even younger, just 11-13 years old. - National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
4,500,000 are being trafficked for forced labor through sexual explotation every year; this is in addition to the millions already held captive by trafficking. –ILO 2012
Each year, as many as 100,000-300,000 American children are at risk of being trafficked for commercial sex in the United States. - U.S. Department of Justice
The United States is one of the top 3 nations in which trafficking originates.
-2016 U.S. Dept. of State Trafficking In Persons Report
Investigation Discovery Channel Interview
Now That You Know How Can You Help?
Action Steps you can take to make a Difference:
-Educate yourself about Human Trafficking
-Use your Social Media Voice to Spread Awareness
-Organize a Fundraiser
-Start an Awareness Group
-Support Organizations like Crisis Aid (www.crisisaid.org) who rescue and restore victims of Sex Trafficking
Connect with local Sex Trafficking Organizations to be a part of helping in your Community
-Use your Talent or Passion to Raise Awareness and Funds
-Motivate the Media to spread Awareness
-Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about human trafficking in your community
-Host an awareness Sex Trafficking Movie showing in your home
-If you Identify a possible victim, notify the authorities and call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center 888-373-7888
-Teach your family about Trafficking (Specifically: Stranger Danger, Online Safety & Suspicious Job Opportunities)
See the Links above "Educate Families", "Educate Children" & "Educate Teens"
-Learn about the connection between Porn and Sex Trafficking www.covenanteyes.com
-Encourage your local schools to partner with students and include the issue of modern day slavery in their curriculum.
As a parent, educator, or school administrator, be aware of how traffickers target school-aged children.
-Students: Write an Essay, Write a Book Report or Do a School Project on Sex Trafficking
-Stay up to date on Laws and Bills that pertain to Human Trafficking
-Learn How Men Can Help
-Businesses: Incorporate human trafficking information into your professional associations’ conferences, trainings, manuals, and other materials as relevant. See Above Link "Educate Businesses"
-Businesses: Provide internships, job skills training, and/or jobs to trafficking survivors
-Consumers: Purchase "Fair Trade" items and don't buy products from companies known to use Labor Trafficking as a means for production.
-Mental Health or Medical Providers: Extend low-cost or free services to human trafficking victims assisted by nearby anti-trafficking organizations. Train your staff on how to identify the indicators of human trafficking and assist victims.
-Attorneys: Look for signs of human trafficking among your clients. Offer pro-bono services to trafficking victims or anti-trafficking organizations. Learn about and offer to human trafficking victims the legal benefits for which they are eligible. Assist anti-trafficking NGOs with capacity building and legal work. See Above Link "Victim Benefits"