Treasures, a faith-based, survivor-led outreach and support group to women in the sex industry was founded in 2003, by Harmony Dust. Treasures is the first and only organization of its kind in the Los Angeles area and one of the few survivor-led organizations in the nation. In her memoir, Scars and Stilettos, Harmony gives an account of going from working in strip clubs, to leading an organization that reaches women in the sex industry on a global scale .
Harmony Dust completed a Master’s Degree in Social Work at UCLA before going on to work as a Children’s Social Worker at the Department of Children Services. In 2007, she received the Dorothy F. Kirby Outstanding Youth Social Worker Award from the National Associate of Social Workers.
In 2003, Harmony and The Treasures Team began reaching 170 strip clubs, sex clubs and dominatrix clubs in the greater Los Angeles and Las Vegas area and providing mentoring and services to the women they reached. As news of their work spread, they extended their services to women in porn, escorting, and prostitution, and victims of sex trafficking.
In 2007, Harmony’s story was featured in Glamour Magazine, bringing an international spotlight to the work of Treasures. As the need for similar organizations across the globe became apparent, Harmony and her team began training others to replicate this model of outreach and care in their cities. Since that point, through the Outreach Training Program, Treasures has provided training for over 120 outreach affiliates on six continents. Our goal is to train outreach leaders in every major city on the globe where the commercial sex industry is operating.
Today, the Treasures headquarters are located in the heart of the Adult Industry Capital of the World, in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles where 90% of all legal porn worldwide is filmed, distributed, and or manufactured. Treasures continues to operate as a volunteer-driven, non-denominational, faith-based nonprofit organization funded completely by donations.