At the age of 16, Toshia Hogan ran away from home and found a home with some neighbors. What Toshia thought was the loving support of neighbors turned into a life of sex trafficking. Toshia was coerced and sold into trafficking while she was in high school and into her young adult years. To bring in more money, her trafficker pressured her into having breast implants. Toshia finally was able to break free from her traffickers by moving to Florida. Since then, she has been on the road to recovery.
After receiving reconstructive surgery with Face Forward, Toshia felt more determined than ever to help fellow survivors succeed. In 2018, she founded CleanUP HT™ (Human Trafficking), a full-circle social enterprise aimed at helping survivors thrive and to sponsor anti-human trafficking non-profit organizations. Please visit her website at CleanUpHT.com
Toshia is actively involved with Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution (S.O.A.P.). The S.O.A.P. Project is a hands-on outreach program working to fight sex trafficking by providing hotels with educational materials on sex trafficking: a missing children’s poster and bars of soap labeled with the National Human Trafficking Hotline number. She believes that education, awareness, and community involvement is the key to finding missing and run-away children who are being victimized in the sex-trade.
Toshia has transitioned from trauma to triumph. She hopes her story can inspire survivors to do the same and allies in the anti-sex trafficking movement to take action. Toshia is honored to be a part of the Face Forward Patient Advocacy Board.