As a survivor of human sex trafficking as a teen, Theresa recalls experiencing some of her darkest moments in motels. After her escape, she decided to spread a message of hope to others struggling like she had. She created soap wrappers containing phone numbers for hotlines and gave them in hotels around the country. Today, Theresa is a passionate advocate for the defense of human trafficking victims and hopes that her organization, Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution (S.O.A.P.) will provide other victims with the resources they need to heal.
Every year, an estimated 1.3 million children go missing in the United States. If a missing child is not recovered within the first 48 hours, there is a 1 in 3 chance that they will be trafficked or solicited for sex. Theresa Flores founded S.O.A.P, which stands for ‘Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution,’ to raise awareness and provide resources for victims of human trafficking. S.O.A.P leverages a team of nearly 5000 volunteers across the country and places missing children posters, trafficking educational materials and bars of soap in motels and hotels across the country containing information on how to seek help and guidance in emergencies.
Being a Women of Worth means that I will be able to continue providing others with the power and encouragement they need to overcome life’s adversities, while helping to make the world a more beautiful place for other young women.