In this episode of “Exploring Minds”, Tika Thornton, a human trafficking survivor, explains how she found herself in “The Life” and discusses how generational trauma can lead to victims of circumstance.
Child Sex Trafficking Survivor Tika Thornton is an advocate against sex trafficking. A survivor herself, Tika in her early 20s started a management company and a detail company. She then moved into mentoring and speaking to raise awareness of sex trafficking. She speaks at a group home called Crittenton, where she spreads awareness of trafficking and provides one-on-one peer counseling. Tika also mentors at Long Beach GRIP, an organization that helps at-risk youth. She serves as a mentor to girls who have been arrested, getting them the resources they need for GED prep, trauma counseling, medical assistance, and housing. Tika also shares her personal story as a survivor to help kids in the Long Beach area understand trauma and guide them to accessing therapy. Tika is a graduate of the Two Wings Qualified Academy, a nonprofit organization that provides survivors job skills and resources to start careers. Tika has joined the organization and co-facilitates trauma information training. Tika plans to major in Business Administration or Psychology in order to start her own organization helping incarcerated girls connect to mental health specialists.