To serve human trafficking survivors who have been branded while in the life. As part of the process, we will use state of the art laser tattoo removal technology to bring self-confidence and healing.
“I am grateful for the work Scott Vaughan and Unbranded are doing to aid in the recovery of human trafficking survivors. Removing the “brands” or tattoos these survivors receive contributes to their recovery by removing a stigma associated with human trafficking, that would otherwise be permanent. It is tough to put a value on the boost to their self-esteem” .
-Louisiana First Lady, Donna Edwards.
Branding is a tattoo or carving on a victim that indicates ownership by a trafficker, pimp, or gang. Tattoos on trafficked victims can vary, depending on the trafficker, the context of the trafficking, the regional location, and several other factors.
Bar codes. Some may be scannable. They often have numbers that may not necessarily mean anything. Initials or names to indicate the specific person they “belong” to. Crowns and roses or currency.
U.S. FEDERAL DEFINITION OF TRAFFICKING
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and its subsequent re-authorizations define human trafficking as:
a) Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or
b) The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. (22 U.S.C. § 7102(9)).
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Trafficking victims often receive tattoos as a distinguishing mark to indicate a trafficker’s “property.”
People are not property. The innocent should and must be protected at all costs.
Traffickers track the victims by using these "marks" and in some instances indicate the asking price of their services.
This is often shown in a tattoo that looks like currency, such as money symbols, coins, and/or dollar bills.
Helping survivors of human trafficking overcome the painful reminders of their past by bringing self confidence while on their journey of healing is critical to helping them begin anew.
The scars are more than surface deep but we can help with healing.