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October 26, 2023

Restoring lives of human trafficking survivors

Sofía Exposito
Human trafficking is a prevalent crisis worldwide and an issue needing to be addressed, according to The Sidekick staff writer Katie Park. Park thinks organizations can provide support towards the subject and how Coppell can take initiative towards the restoration of the lives of victims of sexual abuse. Sofia Exposito

Sexual exploitation and human trafficking is a global issue, one that predominantly affects women of all ages, races and backgrounds throughout the world. They are left feeling worthless and abandoned as they are put through sexual trauma at an early age. 

Human trafficking and sexual exploitation has been a corruption to society and organizations have been a main role in restoring hope to sexual abuse survivors. My Refuge House (MRH) is an organization which works to restore the lives of women and young girls. This home in Cebu, Philippines provides shelter and education for survivors who have gone through experiences of sexual trauma within their life. 

According to My Refuge House, there is an overwhelming number of cases of Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC) in the Philippines, growing from 19,000 in 2019 to almost 50,000 in 2020. 

Refuge House Director of Program operations Rose Ann Ababa utilizes her profession and skill as a social worker to provide the girls at My Refuge House a fulfilling life by giving them an education and a safe place to live. People with a passion in the restoring of lives can directly influence the goal of spreading awareness to a national crisis, such as human trafficking.

My Refuge House has partnered with Fashioned for Freedom for 10 years, an annual fundraising event that showcases designs, dance performances and musical illustration, with all profits going to My Refuge House in Cebu. This year, it hosted an event in Dallas, encouraging locals to attend. Fashioned for Freedom has supported survivors of sexual abuse through raising money towards funding the home in Cebu as well as the girls’ education.

The Dallas Conservatory performs during Fashioned For Freedom on Oct. 25 at the Wyly Theatre. Fashioned For Freedom is a nonprofit runway show that benefits My Refuge House, an organization providing shelter and care for survivors of sexual exploitation and human trafficking for women and girls in Cebu, Philippines.  Katie Park

“Fashioned for Freedom’s hope is that people will connect to the issue of human trafficking in their own individual ways through their talent, like the models, designers and hair and makeup who volunteer to support the mission of My Refuge House,” director of engagement Kim Jones said.

These people utilize their talents and passions towards a bigger cause, and can spread awareness of human trafficking through them. The same can be done by citizens of Coppell.

Coppell High School offers multiple clubs in which students can use their skill and talent to help others. Whether it might be creating artsy cards for patients in hospitals, or donating blankets for the homeless, you can make an impact starting from your local high school.

Texas has had many tragic crimes of human trafficking, an even bigger reason why taking initiative is highly beneficial in protecting our nation. Citizens of Coppell can work together to reduce human trafficking through Coppell organizations.

Volunteer opportunities in Coppell, such as the Assistance League of Coppell and the Coppell Lions Club, are a few options in which you can donate your attention toward spreading awareness for these situations. 

With everyone’s contribution, we can make Coppell a dominating force that changes the statistics of human trafficking starting locally, then making an impact globally. Starting with something as simple as raising money at bake sales or a car wash can positively impact the face of sexual exploitation, whether it might be providing them food on their table or an education opportunity.

Sexual exploitation is a recurring injustice towards women and girls, and it is high time that we start making a difference.


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Katie Park, Staff Writer
Katie Park is a sophomore and a first year member of the Sidekick. In her spare time she enjoys sewing and designing her clothing. Continuing along the artistic front, Katie loves using acrylic paint to recreate/draw inspiration from Monet’s paintings. Katie is also a multi instrumentalist, and can play the piano, ukulele, and guitar. A song she loves to play on the piano is Clair de Lune, because it was featured on one of her favorite movies, Twilight. Besides the classical piece Clair de Lune, Katie’s favorite music artists are Laufey and Taylor swift. Her favorite song from Laufey is “Lovesick” and her most favorite Taylor Swift album is Red. Outside of the classroom, Katie finds entertainment in the novels she reads. Recently, Katie completed the ‘A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder’ series while she was in Taiwan this summer. Being of Taiwanese and Korean heritage, Katie explores different aspects of her culture by testing her spice levels regarding Korean food. In the future, Katie aspires to work in the medical field. Like many others, this inspiration arose from her watching of the medical drama series, “Grey’s Anatomy.” She already has a jumpstart to her career this year-by taking both health science and medical terminology.
Sofía Exposito, Staff Designer

Sofia Exposito is a sophomore and staff designer for The Sidekick. Five years ago, Sofia moved to Coppell, Texas from Venezuela, as her relatives reside here. Although English isn’t her first language, Sofia was able to pick it up quickly upon her move, taking only about one or two years. She adores drawing and spends most of her time sketching and creating designs and cartoons whenever she can. Her love for drawing has only grown over the years as Sofia aspires to be an animator and work for a large animation company one day. Some of her favorite animated movies are Spirited Away and Totoro as she’s a huge Studio Ghibli fan, and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. She's an extrovert and loves to involve herself in conversation with new people, especially about things she’s very interested in. She loves the beach and swimming due to the beautiful sunset scenery. Her favorite foods include: anything chocolate, but mostly M&M’s, which are perfection in her eyes, and McDonalds. Contact her at [email protected], or on Instagram (@sofiaexpriv).

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