Susan Johnson is the founder of the Alabaster Jar Project, a residential rehabilitation program for survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation. Her mission is to help restore, rehabilitate, and empower women who have been victimized and exploited. Ms. Johnson’s compassion for trafficked and exploited individuals stems from her own childhood of sexual and physical abuse as well as exposure to drug and gang subcultures growing up. Circumstances that left her highly vulnerable to being exploited stemmed from the need to be loved and valued and those needs being exploited.
“Prostitution and trafficking are human rights issues, the core of which stems from not understanding our own worth as well as the lack of value society places on women. Prostitution is slavery. No little girl aspires to sell herself for sex. Girls have learned that their worth is tied into one aspect of themselves – their bodies. It produces a false sense of empowerment.”