I am Emily Mattox, teen abolitionist with a passion to be a voice for the voiceless.
It all began in 2013 when I was asked to hold a sign at a human trafficking conference that said “I am not for sale”. As I took a seat and heard about the issue, I learned the target age for girls being trafficked was 11-17, and it was happening in my city (Tampa, Florida). Being 13, right near the start of that age range, it scared me. I knew it could happen to me!
As I sat there taking information in, I couldn't help but think about how my life differed. I have a family who loves me. I have the freedom to go to church and read my bible, hang out with my friends, and travel the world. I can freely do these things while 27 million girls (and some guys) are trapped in the evil of human trafficking. It was, and still is, really hard to wrap my mind around. I am living a normal life while these girls are being mistreated.
Exploited. Bought. Sold. Used.
Abused sexually, physically, emotionally, and mentally.
How can people actually think it's okay to do these things to girls?
Sadly, that is the kind of world we live in now. These girls do not have a voice. My greatest desire is to speak up for those that cannot speak for themselves. This is my passion. This is the calling God placed on my life that night.
My ministry began by helping my mom promote the "Post It Project," a practical way for women to raise awareness and reach out to victims of sex trafficking. In 2015, I was given the rights to make it my own and began manning the table by myself at events and speaking when I was given the opportunity. Since then, God has opened doors regularly for me to be a voice in my city, and as far away as Georgia, Texas, and Scotland.
Building on the "project" concept, we spent more than a year following God's lead to expand the mission, rebrand the ministry, and build a team of abolitionists. We launched in early 2018 under the new name, PROJECT | NOT FOR SALE. My team and I have stepped into the community with projects that enlighten, empower, and encourage.
ENLIGHTEN | Raising awareness by raising a voice for the voiceless wherever God opens doors, speaking to small groups, and featuring hands on awareness projects. Everyone can do something!
EMPOWER | Loving on the oppressed around the truth of God's Word so they understand their worth in Christ. Equipping sex trafficking survivors with new skills by teaching them to make use of their hands in the kitchen, through artistic expressions, and in the art of jewelry making.
ENCOURAGE | Meeting tangible needs of survivors as we have the means or ability, through ministry friends and partners. Blessing real and potential survivors with the gift of God's Word, scripture gifts, and personal prayer. Let us know how you would like to help!