From Sweetheart To Monica

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The year is coming to an end and we urgently need your support to help women like Monica* find freedom.

Her name was Sweetheart*. Well, that’s the name she gave to customers. I walked toward her, moving past customers in the congested Los Angeles strip club. When I stretched out my arm and handed her the pink gift, she looked at me with confusion in her eyes.

“For me?” she said in her kind but puzzled voice.

“Yes, it’s for you! My name is Harmony. We came here tonight for you… to bring you this gift to let you know that you are loved, valued, and purposed.” She hugged me with tears in her eyes.

She leaned in and said, “I go by Sweetheart but my real name is Monica, * I can’t tell you how much this gift means.” I’m all too familiar with having a stage name, trying to hide behind a facade of glamour and fantasy. The realities of the industry are too heavy to personally bear. Hopelessness, fear, and pain were constant reminders that I needed radical change.

A few weeks after meeting Monica in the club, she reached out to us! Now she regularly attends our Support Group and receives care from a Treasures mentor.

“Sweetheart” is one of the 5,000 women we reach each year who work in strip clubs, the porn industry, prostitution as well as child victims of commercial sexual exploitation in Juvenile detention centers.

Because of that little pink gift, today Monica is thriving and becoming all that she was created to be!

As you plan your year-end giving, please keep Treasures in mind. Your special year-end gift will help us continue to support women just like Monica to see their lives transformed and dreams fulfilled.

Will you give a special gift today?

*Names and other identifying information have been altered to protect confidentiality



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