Teach meditation to 18 former child prostitutes

A microproject by The David Lynch Foundation Vetted since 2013


Children of the Night has rescued more than 10,000 American children from prostitution. The David Lynch Foundation has partnered with Children of the Night to bring Transcendental Meditation to survivors of sex-trafficking. Through learning TM, the children begin to feel their inner strength and shed bad memories. They are able to reassert control over their lives and regain the capacity to dream of a positive future. TM, in short, returns their lives to them.

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Most child prostitutes were sexually abused as young children, often by their first caregivers. In response, the child learns to shut down feelings and not let anyone inside. This behavior presents a challenge to current social work practices and traditional cognitive therapists. The child who has suffered at the hands of pimps and predators often pushes away the person trying to help because the child does not believe there are "good" people in the world.


When an abuser threatens a child prostitute with mean words or violence the child automatically runs toward the danger or acts out in a way that is harmful. Through regular practice of Transcendental Meditation the child learns to pause and process the abusive behavior and therefore is no longer vulnerable to the emotional manipulations of the abuser/manipulator. The child, sometimes for the first time in his/her life, learns to "act" rather than "react" in response to harmful people.

Long-Term Impact

Through Transcendental Meditation children victimized by prostitution begin to feel their inner strength and shed bad memories. By reaching inside their inner core the child experiences peacefulness, goodness and a childlike innocence that radiates out. The radiation of goodness from within the child creates an awareness of who is good and who is bad. By reaching into the depths of their souls they find love, happiness and peace, and they attract more of the same.


Changing Lives through TM
Children of the Night Website
DLF's work with the New York Family Justice Center

Organization Information

The David Lynch Foundation

Location: New York - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.davidlynchfoundation.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @LynchFoundation
Project Leader:
Andrea Gorzell Hickey
New York, New York United States

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