Bello receives survivor advocate of the year. An award she holds dear. Picture with Attorney General Pam Bondi, Governor Rick Scott and his cabinet.

OUR MISSION

DEMAND PREVENTION by ADVANCING VICTIMS OF ALL FORMS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE & HUMAN TRAFFICKING WHILE IMPLEMENTING YOUTH CRIME AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING + PROSTITUTION DEMAND PREVENTION METHODS TO CHANGE THE WAY AMERICA AND POP CULTURE VIEWS EXPLOITATION AND END IT.” Let us assist your program clients by providing the unique niche of services for those suffering from a history of prostitution, sexual violence and high risk vulnerable youth without duplicating services but working together.

America is the number one producer of child porn in the world and also a global destination for children being sold to the highest bidder and

often moved far away. Most children who are taken for this person do not survive.   Human Trafficking in all its forms from Commercial Sexual

Exploitation of Children, Adults, Domestic Servitude and Labor Trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world and is a big part of crime in

the US. MORE TOO LIFE FOUNDER – Advocate of Year! Congratulations!   More Too Life founder Brook Bello chosen for “THE HERO

EFFECT ON OWN (The Oprah Winfrey Network) in a new series produced by Dolphin Digital Media and United Way Worldwide.  WATCH THE

HERO EFFECT TRAILER      MORE News: More Too Life in the Herald Tribune   Exciting to LEARN MORE ABOUT MORE TOO LIFE on “THE

HERO EFFECT”ON THE OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK.  More Too Life founder was CHOSEN AS ONE OF 10 NATIONAL HERO’S BY

UNITED WAY WORLDWIDE.  Thank you United Way & Bill O’Dowd!

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

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.

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.

Victim Service:

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:

Education

 All of our education for victims and our local and national awareness tools are prevention oriented.

Outreach

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.

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 Salvation Army) and mentoring services by More Too Life, including mental behavioral health management, medical care, budgeting classes and job readiness, 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.

It is our greatest hope that all of the youth and adults we serve discover their truest sense of identity and the unique qualities that make them who they are.

The Champion Academy Center is an innovative space with a conceptual attitude and an innovative approach toward services and education, mentoring, crisis care and identity discovery, where many of our protocols and initiatives are based. The idea that no one can prosper above the capacity of their soul brings into mind the purpose of discovering one’s passion and purpose regardless of how their life began. It is a safe space, for art, education, career skills, goal setting, gender studies, mutual respect, human trafficking, pimp culture, and various forms of sexual violence prevention and how these studies play a part in the lives of society, pop culture and victimization. We desire that all victims begin to discover who they are and move beyond their trauma to a purposeful and productive life.

“Victims don’t know – that they don’t know” says, Dr. Brook Bello. For example, one of our mentees at More Too Life was watching the news late one night in a dirty hotel room, after a night of being sold, beaten and walking the streets for her most recent pimp of several years and said she, “felt sad” for the girls she saw on TV that were traffick victims. After a major federal operation that our team was called in to partner in, where this young lady, of course had been a victim since the tender age of 14 years old, she began to understand that she was in fact a victim all of this time. The broken bones, gang rapes and beatings, she thought were her fault began to flood her memory and she cried in our arms as if to say, why did everyone look at me all of this time as if I was the problem? As if I was the criminal? Human Trafficking and Prostitution is not a victim-less crime.

50% of the young women we assist in Florida are White. While 50% are Black and some Latina and other nationalities. 65% of Black women around the country that we have partnered to assist are sexually assaulted and violated and the high percentile of young women around the world are women of color. However, in the USA depending on the geographical location, you will also see a high percentage of White female children and adults as well. This crime doesn’t care where you come from, it just cares that  you are easy prey.  Identity Discovery, is not just for victims transforming their lives, perpetrators and men looking for a way out, male and female vulnerable youth on the brink of going down a path of destruction, but it is for all of us to wake up. It is for all of us to decide what kind of identity we desire as a country and to take the necessary steps to get there.

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
― Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre

MTL also received funds to serve LGBTQ (2016) from Sarasota community Foundation. LGBTQ has been identified by DCF as an undeserved population. More Too Life is also a partner of SURE, Sarasota United For Responsible Equity.

 I  cannot help but assist the women, children and young men with the hope of a future after such ill abuse, that I myself, with needed help and love, overcame. 

Dr Brook Bello – Founder/E.D. of More Too Life

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