More Too Life considers RJEDE a key component of victim service. Our Restorative Justice End Demand Education (RJEDE) is an 8 hour
course on human trafficking and prostitution prevention created by Dr. Brook Bello’s Youthiasm®, and licensed by More Too Life, that offers a
comprehensive education to court appointed sexual offenders or buyers, referred men at risk of committing sexual violence and volunteer
participants. It is a powerful educational model that ignites honor with men and points to the vital role they have in ending demand, prostitution,
protecting children and young women, and help bring healing and transformation to the victims and themselves. The education is extensive in
its approach in an in depth study on the history of prostitution, human trafficking and all of the root causes as well as healthy relationships,
sexually transmitted diseases and the vices and issues men in the 21st century face.
More Too Life
Our Mission: Advancing victims of all forms of sexual violence and human trafficking while implementing youth crime, human trafficking, and prostitution plus demand prevention methods to change the way America and pop culture views exploitation in order to end it.
What is Human Trafficking?
Human Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, capture or receipt of persons, by means of force, fraud, coercion or abduction; the abuse of power in a position of vulnerability and giving or receiving of payments for the control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.
Types of trafficking and commercial exploitation include but are not limited to…
- (Child) Sex trafficking and prostitution
- Forced (child) labor
- Involuntary domestic servitude
- Child soldiers
- Debt bondage
Risk factors and warning signs
- Childhood sexual abuse, signs of physical abuse
- Drug addiction, drug abuser in the household
- Runaway, homelessness, poor grades and school attendance
- Presence of older “boyfriend” who gives expensive gifts
How does it affect our state, country and the world?
Sex trafficking is the primary type of trafficking in Florida, followed by forced domestic, farm labor and construction labor. Most identified victims of sex slavery and CSEC (commercial sexual exploitation of a child/children are females, however, the amount of trafficked children is steadily increasing. Florida is ranked 3rd in the prevalence in human trafficking in the United States, following Texas and California. Sex trafficking is the most common form of trafficking in the United States which includes all of US territories overall, taking place in various locations, including illicit massage parlors, motel rooms, private homes, or over the internet. The FBI and Homeland Security works relentlessly together with state and local law enforcement to identify victims and hold traffickers and buyers accountable. Human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world, and it is estimated that around 25 million victims are trapped in modern-day slavery, of which the majority are exploited for labor.
What do we do?
More Too Life works out of the Sarasota, FL area, with local, statewide and an award winning national impact. We aim to advance the lives of victims while addressing the issues and root causes on a larger scale, intervening in crisis situations, preventing teens from being trafficked, assisting teens with the urgency of internet safety, and preventing the demand of human trafficking through education and the importance of men of honor and the legacy of fatherhood. Part of our purpose is to strengthen the programs of other agencies by providing key trainings, services and resources to their staff and those victims we assist them in identifying. Individuals affected by human trafficking are referred to us by concerned family members, street outreach, the court system, homeless shelters, foster care agencies, the department of children and families, law enforcement, and other state and federal agencies.
Victim Services: LATN Education
Living Above The Noise (LATN) is our 3-12 month educational curriculum written by Dr. Brook Bello’s Youthiasm®, and licensed by More Too Life, with an emphasis on victims’ survivors emotional shift on any kind of childhood violence or trauma being their fault. We have identified that most of our mentees come from fatherless, neglected and/or abusive homes and are searching for acceptance even before being trafficked. Our four semesters go through personal development, worldviews on human trafficking and sexual violence, early warning signs and prevention methods, internet safety and integrity with exposure to the world through technology, de-collateralizing from sexual violence trafficking and gang or pimp culture, and the necessary skills to enter a new, healthier lifestyle. This program is in two formats starting with ages 10-18, and then 18 and up. More Too Life has no age limit.
Our LATN Youth Education program is also approved in Sarasota County schools.
Residential and Shelter Support Plus our “Safe Stay” Program
By providing housing support for homeless victims and victims in our care as we aim to utilize the concept of educate, empower and employ, by assisting them in applying for short or long term housing, while teaching them about budgeting and how to apply for jobs. We also partner with various community partners to ensure safe and sustainable shelters and residential programs and housing, including: The Salvation Army, CASL, Harvest House, and Wellspring Living, Florida Dream Center, Atlanta Dream Center, Breaking Free, Prodigal Daughters, and other housing partners, locally and nationally.
Safe Stay: In partnership with the Sarasota Salvation Army, we recently opened our collaborative “Safe Stay” Project, a 7-day transitional project providing homeless adult women that are also victims of sexual violence and exploitation with a safe place (provided by More Too Life and the Salvation Army). The entire program is 30 days with overlap services once she has transitioned to another home. Mentoring and deep ended case management services by More Too Life, including mental behavioral health management, medical care, budgeting classes and job readiness, life plans, as well as food and transportation support. We work with these individuals intensely while finding permanent housing services in order to ensure safety and continuous care. This is a pilot project, and the first of its kind within the region and The Salvation Army International. We aim to proving great success in our efforts, and implement the model in various locations throughout the country and will launch soon with Rotary International.
Victim Service Intervention:
Urgent Care Assessment Center
Our center is a safe place for victim intake assessments, individualized crisis care, mentoring life coaching and counseling. The center is also utilized for identity discovery activities, as well as our LATN education, life labs and related art and outdoor projects. We also educate our mentees on the urgency of critical thinking and problem solving skills, relevant peer coping and goal oriented career skills, aimed at engaging them into their own communities and their importance in the world we live in.
Mental Behavioral Health Management
More Too Life uses a trauma-informed and applied care approach with a multi-disciplinary team in all our therapeutic services. We aim to provide a social-capital wrap through for survivors and their families through individualized counseling, mentoring and identity discovery resources. We desire that all individuals begin to discover who they are and move beyond their trauma on to a purposeful and productive life. We partner with various clinics and mental health agencies in the community for therapy, psychiatry and other counseling with aa collaborative memo of understanding with Coastal Behavioral Healthcare.
The Open Doors Network created by Voices For Florida is a promising and well-coordinated framework, designed to serve exploited and trafficked children and young adults up to the age of 24 in five Florida pilot regions. More Too Life is honored to serve as the chosen organization for the Suncoast Region, including Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Our collaborators include various in-county human service providers, including DCF, SCC, and DJJ, found in all our four counties. However, this contract allows us to have an extended reach within the entire state of Florida. Hereby, we are able to work more effectively with our other four partner organizations across the state, adding up to 20 counties. This allows us to strengthen our program and award winning framework model by galvanizing our innovative survivor led, victim-centered services across county lines and collect more accurate data on the traffickers and buyers operating across the state. We have determined that almost all of our CSEC victims have been trafficked outside of their home county, reaching as far as Orlando or Miami, which is why we emphasize an inter-county approach.
Victim Service Prevention:
All of our education for victims and our local and national awareness tools are prevention oriented.
Even though human trafficking is illegal in every country, issues often intensify when laws aren’t enforced and there is a misunderstanding in the victim identification and offender jurisdiction. More Too Life has an immediate first care advocacy and response when called upon rescue or community awareness initiatives, in schools, hospitals and the judicial courts. Additional, our founder has been a key figure in the language and input in legislation that has passed in the Florida legislature with support of many bills in the US Congress, and has directly affected millions of victims across the nation.