The Young Maidens program is designed for females between the ages of 12to 21 who, are struggling with identity crisis because they have fallen prey to human trafficking. Females across the United states specially High school students are being targeted by organized criminals loose in our school communities. Young Maidens work in the community along with governmental and state representatives. The program is reliable at ensuring that the punishment for sex trafficking is sufficiently severe and commensurate with similarly serious offenses such as rape, in order to hold the offender accountable and provide prosecutors with effective tools.
New law enforcement tools now exist to strengthen the prosecution and punishment of traffickers, making human trafficking a Federal crime. Countries ranked at Tier I as countries that fully comply with minimum standards in the U.S. State Department 2009 Trafficking in Persons Report have established sentences with ranges such as 2-15 years (Czech Republic) to “up to 10 years” (Austria, Korea) to 13-23 years (Colombia) to 12-25 years (Australia) to a maximum of life imprisonment (Nigeria). (See: U.S. State Department 2009 Trafficking in Persons Report, 2009) Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) (click here to read the full text)
Females that are 12 years old and sometimes younger are falling prey to this highly glamorized life style of soliciting sex and eventually becoming addicted to drugs. The consequences of this life style are sometimes detrimental and most often result in abuse , imprisonment and eventually death.
The Young Maidens program is designed to dissuade females from street prostitution, and sex before marriage. The Young Maidens offer a ten month abstinence program which includes teachings on entrepreneurial skills, counseling and individual Life coaching plans. In addition, participants are transformed into role models and become pillars within the community taking an oath not to have sex before marriage, and the sacredness of abstaining from sex with the same sex and opposite sex.
Many females who live in disadvantaged communities who indulge in sex before marriage end up one or more of the following outcomes; pregnant, HIV positive, transgender, bisexual, poor sex education, in and out of relationships, and low self esteem. The young Maidens program offers gender identification counseling and activities that are centered around raising individual self esteem. Participants discover how to take responsibility for their sexual behavior and rest in forgiveness. Young Maidens are made up of role models and peer councilors who encourage females to develop a positive self images.
Females who successfully complete the program objectives develop a balanced self image and positive feelings towards marriage and /or personal relationships. They learn about the consequences of premature sexually transmitted diseases, and the new strand of HIV AIDS that is spreading among many females who let go of their chastity .
Activities—Personal Fitness & Hygiene — Hospital visits – Etiquette class— Sewing—Fashion shows— Dance group —Accessorizing & Styling— Cooking—Choir—Vocal training—Public motivational speaking & development— Bus tours to college campuses, substance abuse prevention, youth domestic violence counseling—and Spiritual Development.