....The SAGE Project is unique in that it fosters collaboration among law enforcement, public health, social services, and private agencies. Within this collaborative environment, its approaches are solution-focused in the areas of prevention, protection, and restorative justice as a whole. SAGE is also unique in that it is a grassroots organization, created by and for survivors of CSE/CSEC. Through its programs, every week, several hundred women and children find the services, support, and advocacy they desperately need as well as opportunities to move beyond exploitation and reclaim their freedom. SAGE also trains other organizations in replicating their efforts and has global reach as well.
Let's talk about global exploitation
It seems that most people I dialogue with about this reality agree that conditions such as Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE), the CSE of children, human trafficking, and debt bondage, are intolerable; yet, these and so many other atrocities persist and even flourish at the global level. All types of organizations exist that are dealing with the different types of global exploitation, some may have specific focus on certain types of exploitation or certain areas of the world while others may deal with the problem more broadly. What is clear in all aspects of this type of work is that it requires you to be involved. Oftentimes, people start hearing the stories of survivors, understanding the secrets behind the trades, and realizing how horrific the reality of global exploitation really is, and it just becomes overwhelming, so overwhelming that paralysis hits and no action is taken, especially when it sinks in just how close to home it can hit. It should make you angry, even sad, but we want to channel that emotion into action not paralysis.