She Is Not Blind to Human Trafficking

Sex-trafficking survivor Cheryl Briggs has been through a lot in her life and her most recent health issue may be slowing her down some. In June, Briggs had emergency surgery on her nose, and when she woke, she was blind. But Briggs said it is not stopping her from continuing the fight on human sex-trafficking and opening ‘My Daughter’s House,’ a 1,700-square-foot, six-bed facility for women, in Montgomery County, to recover and help them prepare to restart their lives.

In 2010, she founded Mission at Serenity Ranch to provide individualized trauma care for survivors of human sex trafficking. According to Briggs, Houston is a major hub for human trafficking, second only to California, with a 67 percent increase in identified victims since 2010. FBI reports indicated there are 127 active brothels in Houston, with more added each month.

“One of the biggest problems for these women is a feeling of helplessness,” Briggs said. “Often they have no money; no place to go and no job skills.” My Daughter’s House will provide a place to stay and help residents acquire education, job skills and the ability to take charge of their lives as independent women.

“Before my surgery, I was getting distracted,” Briggs said. “I was losing touch with God. Being blind has brought humility. God has told me that He is in charge of the ministry.”

Learn more at Kimberly Sutton’s The Courier article: Despite sudden onset of blindness, activist continues fight against Houston sex trafficking.

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