At 12 she was a prostitute. By her teenage years she was homeless. Now, at 49, Theresa Briscoe is helping other women escape the suffering she once endured daily.
Briscoe is the outreach coordinator for No Boundaries, a group dedicated to helping human trafficking victims in southern Oklahoma, according to NewsOK.com and part of No Boundaries International, the umbrella organization that works to end trafficking in Sierra Leone, Southeast Asia and Moldova, KFOR reports.
Now that No Boundaries has partnered with the Salvation Army, Briscoe drives the organization's van around town, stopping to hand out coffee and hot chocolate to prostitutes in hopes of sparking conversations that can eventually lead to liberating them, NewsOK.com reports.
"We're able to talk with them, ask questions about them, and really get to know them and care about them and pray for them," Briscoe told NewsOK.com, adding that she hopes the next step will be to provide housing and vocational training for the women and girls they help.
The organizations have dubbed the hot-chocolate mission "Project Hope," an initiative that may be key to securing freedom for the women they reach out to, according to KFOR.
"If these women are being forced into this operation, if they can't leave, if these men are taking their money, they don't even realize they are being trafficked," Debi Mangum told the news outlet.
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