S.O.A.P. was created to not only educate and save, but also to fill a need. After founder Theresa Flores would speak to a group of people at awareness events, she noticed the attendees were in shock, frustrated and yes, even angry. They demanded to know what they could do to stop this crime and protect their children.
S.O.A.P. allows concerned citizens to help put a stop to human trafficking in their community and save missing children. Kids as young as 9 years old, fathers with their sons, and an 83 year old nun have put labels on bars of soap. There is something you can do about this! The beauty of S.O.A.P. is that it is simple and easy and can be customized to your wants, needs and abilities.
- Human Trafficking is the 2nd-leading crime in the world — including the U.S.
- An estimated 1.3 million go missing in the U.S. every year, and 33,000 remain missing at any given time.
- If a missing or homeless child is not recovered within the first 48 hours, there is a 1 in 3 chance they will be trafficked or solicited for sex.
- 12-14 years of age is the average age of entry into child “prostitution” in the U.S.
- If a person under the age of 18 is involved in commercial sex, they are being trafficked.
- If a person is over 18 and has a pimp, they are being trafficked.
- The majority of trafficking occurs in hotels and motels.
- Although there is always a demand for sex, sporting events and large events that draw a great deal of people – particularly men – increase the demand for sex-for-sale.
- 77% of all child trafficking victims will go on to participate in adult prostitution.
- S.O.A.P. has been in existence for 6 years.
- S.O.A.P. has had outreaches in 13 states and in over 25 cities.
- Over 100,000 volunteers have labeled and given out soap.
- Nearly 1 million bars of soap with the national human trafficking hotline number have been given out nationwide.
- S.O.A.P. is a copyrighted program that has a proven track record. It is more than just labeling a bar of soap with a phone number. It involves a set curriculum with trained volunteers.
- Missing Children posters are created for each event and given to hotels. A child is always identified during each outreach, leading to tips for local authorities.
- S.O.A.P. is a simple, effective, and hands on way to mobilize volunteers who want to make a difference fighting human trafficking in the U.S.
- S.O.A.P. is a survivor and women led organization.
- S.O.A.P. is run on donations from generous people, churches and organizations as well as small grants. S.O.A.P. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, and all donations are tax-deductible.
- Several major companies participate and regular purchase, label and donate soap by their employees: LexisNexis, Ingage Partners, Seneca Medical to name a few.