A few months back, a gal about my age came into The Pregnancy Center to talk to us about some of the characteristics that might key us in to girls who were being trafficked.
She was pretty and confident and articulate.
Yet for seven years, she had been sexually trafficked.
After hearing her story, after listening to other interviews from girls who had been trafficked, after crying about girls dying in cargo containers, after the pit I felt in my stomach thinking about girls younger than Annie being sold into trafficking, and after learning that there are more slaves today then there has been at any other point in history, I thought I was changed. I felt like I couldn't go on living in the comfort of my life knowing that this was going on - even in the small valley where I live.
These girls were all I could think about.
But within days, the busyness of my own life started to once again occupy the majority of the space in my mind and I did nothing.
I just figured I'd do something 'later' when life slowed down a bit.
But this morning, while listening to the radio and hearing about the End It movement, I found myself back in that same place, knowing that I have to do something.
And I don't think for a moment that putting a red 'x' on my hand and then going on about my day is going to make a difference in any one of these girls lives, (To clarify - b0ys are victums too, and there are other, more prominent types of slavery than sex slavery.) but our hearts can never be called to fight against something if our minds aren't even aware of the plight.
So this movement is about shining a light on the fact that modern day slavery is real and its a 32 billion dollar a year business that is thriving.
And the more people who are willing to show up on this day (or this week, or this year, or this lifetime) to help shed light on this problem, the sooner people will feel their hearts being called to do something about it.
I don't have a Facebook account or a Twitter account or an Instagram account and I still do not even fully understand what a hashtag is, but I've got a red Sharpie pen, and a camera and a blog, and a checkbook and today, that is what I am going to do about it.
And here's a few more links if you feel like doing something about it too:
- A really amazing video about a girl named MeTa.
- Products that support victums of human trafficking.
- A really difficult, but powerful thing to read about human trafficking.
- A foundation that is local to my area and dear to my heart, because it is this organization that first opened my eyes to human trafficking.
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