Hawai'i Trafficking Awareness - Ho’ōla Nā Pua on HI Now Daily

In a recent segment on HI Now Daily, our own Tammy Bitanga, representing Ho’ōla Nā Pua, highlighted the ongoing battle against child sex trafficking in Hawaii.

This conversation sheds light on the heart-wrenching reality that young lives across our islands are being devastated by. Tammy pointed out the shocking statistics that illustrate the gravity of the situation, with the average age of trafficked children in Hawaii being just 14, and some victims as young as eight.

Ho’ōla Nā Pua, which translates to “revive the flowers,” is at the forefront of efforts to heal and empower these young victims. Our organization offers a range of programs and services aimed at building resilience, fostering healthy relationships, and promoting self-care among affected children.

Furthermore, Tammy introduced Pearl Haven, Ho’ōla Nā Pua’s residential treatment facility, which serves girls aged 11 to 17. This facility is more than a safe haven; it’s a place where healing and education go hand in hand, with a strong emphasis on cultural practices. Activities like hula, food preparation, and traditional arts are integral to the healing process, helping children connect with their heritage and foster a sense of identity and community.

Tammy emphasized the critical role of community engagement and education in combating child sex trafficking. Ho’ōla Nā Pua’s proactive approach includes outreach to schools and the travel industry, emphasizing the need for a thoughtful and informed response to this issue.

Tammy’s passion and dedication to the cause are evident, as she calls for community-wide support and action to protect and empower Hawaii’s vulnerable children. Through education, cultural connection, and comprehensive care, Ho’ōla Nā Pua is leading the charge in the fight against child sex trafficking, embodying the spirit of aloha in every aspect of our work.

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