Need: Utah's first safe haven for human trafficking victims

We believe Utah’s human trafficking victims deserve healing, dignity and opportunity

Give women victims a proven way out

75% are living successful, financially independent lives 5 years after graduation

Our Model

Thistle Farms with 25 years of experience and 64 US communities

Our Moto

Love heals. Love is the most powerful force for good in the world

Our Mission

Provide a safe place for healing and a path to self-sufficiency

Utah is a hotspot of Human trafficking

75% are living successful, financially independent lives 5 years after graduation

One of 10 worst states in the US

Utah ranks as one of the highest per capita rates of calls into the National Trafficking Hotline

251 Utah victims and growing

In 2019, there were 251 known victims in Utah

Polaris Project estimates human trafficking has grown by 40% during the pandemic

Police say “not even the tip of the iceberg”

On March 24, 2022, 24 people were arrested in Utah sex trafficking operation. In October 2021, a Bountiful man was charged with multiple felony charges of human trafficking. In September 2021, the AG’s office busted 6 massage parlors exploiting young women in Utah and SLC counties

in December 2020, a sex trafficking bust resulted in 18 Weber County arrests

Human trafficking is second to drug trade in criminal activity at $150 billion per year and growing

A proven model of care

Aspen Magdalene House will be Utah’s first Thistle Farms house for Utah victims

There are 64 Thistle Farm communities nation-wide

3-pronged approach

75% are living successful, financially independent lives 5 years after graduation

Safe Housing

Aspen House will provide shelter, care and healing over 2 years

Meaningful Job

A social enterprise teaches residents valuable skills

Lifelong Support

Surrounded by a sisterhood of support that lasts a lifetime

Give Utah sex trafficking victims
the opportunity to be healed in state

 Aspen Magdalene House will be Utah’s first Thistle Farms house for Utah victims to heal

While 32 states have Thistle Farms communities, Utah has zero

A month of care

$1,250

(less than our penal system and more successful)

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A year of care

$15,000

(less than our penal system and more successful)

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A lifetime of Care

$30,000

(less than our penal system and more successful)

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Meet Brandy and Brittney 

Brittany and Brandy are two Utah women who survived being sex trafficked and are helping lead Aspen House development.

Anyone can fall victim to human trafficking. However, vulnerable populations with little social and legal protection are most at risk.  70% are women and risk may be higher where more extreme gender discrimination exists. 

Thistle Farms is a survivor led organization.

Working together to improve lives in Utah

The Aspen Magdalene Board is a working board made up of community and industry leaders and volunteers who believe we must do better in caring for Utah’s victims of human trafficking.

We kicked off with our first public event, a ‘lunch and learn.” on October 7, 2021.