Ascent 121

When we hear the term human trafficking we often think of brothels in third world countries. In the United States, the terms Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) are often used interchangeably to describe the problem of trafficking within our own borders. Women and children are exploited through prostitution, pornography, sexual entertainment and are victims of domestic minor sex trafficking.

Ascent 121 is a faith-based, non-profit agency with a mission of addressing domestic human trafficking through clinical services, aftercare, awareness, outreach and discipleship. Ascent 121 provides a full continuum of care for survivors of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

Vulnerable youth are often targeted by traffickers and exploiters who seek them out and attempt to fill emotional voids by playing the role of the absentee parent or that of a loyal boyfriend. Trauma bonding and Stockholm Syndrome quickly take place as the child latches on to the hope of unconditional love and acceptance. Desperate to maintain the connection, they are often willing to comply with anything that is asked of them. When they refuse, force and violence often come into play.

Once the girls have been exploited it is extremely difficult for them to leave due to fear, shame, confusion, stigma, and a lack of available resources. They are indoctrinated to believe that their situation was their choice, that it is now their lot in life and that they will no longer be accepted by the rest of society. For many who are able to escape, fear is often a reality and out of desperation they return to their exploiter. Ascent 121 aims to break this cycle of exploitation by restoring hope and helping each girl to embrace her inherent worth and value.

Our continuum of care includes:
○ Residential Services
○ Community Based Services
○ Aftercare Awareness
○ Outreach
○ Discipleship

Ascent 121
PO Box 1143 Carmel, IN 46032