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The Road to Recovery

Stephen Huff | United States

A trafficking survivor works toward completion of her GED online.

The San Diego area has been identified by the FBI as one the nations top 8 cities for human trafficking. Each day in San Diego, vulnerable women and children are held against their will and forced to sell their bodies for sex. Many are runaway girls who have already suffered sexual abuse as children.

The images in this exhibit are of young women who have been rescued from the horrors of the trafficking world and are in the healing process.  Part of the healing process includes finishing their education [if they have not obtained at least a high school diploma], intensive therapy, counseling, social activities, resume writing, and faith. Girls living in the safe house must attend church each Sunday.

A San Diego based nonprofit granted me access to their safe home to document the healing process of these young women. As confidentiality is critical, names have not been used in image captioning.

I love images. Images document a story...and powerful images have the potential to positively impact lives....

As a small child, one of my greatest joys was sitting down with a good storybook. I could sit for hours, letting my imagination run wild. It wasn't only the story line that captivated me, but also the pictures; some so powerful that I can still see them today, engrained in my memory.

When I was 14, my parents bought me my first SLR camera, and my passion for photography was born. Many years later I still have that camera and, even though much has changed since those days,I continue to be drawn to document the world around me.

Powerful images have the ability to highlight, and bring attention to, humanitarian efforts often overshadowed by the news of the day. My goal is to create emotional connections to those efforts. If the images I create help just one person, I am grateful.

Powerful images move people to action.

Stephen C. Huff

Mobile: 951-401-0816

stephenhuffphotography@gmail.com

www.stephenhuffphotography.com

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