Valentines Day is a holiday often associated with love, affection, and lust. It’s no secret that in advertising “sex sells,” but advertising is not the only place where sex is sold. Every day, on the black markets all over the world, thousands of people are being sold countless times for sex against their will. What’s even more heartbreaking is that 50% of these individuals are children. Last week on Episode 8, we discussed the heinous acts and crimes of human trafficking. I wanted to continue the conversation with you on a more personal level, as it takes an immense amount of manpower and awareness to bring down these rings. If you haven’t had a chance to catch the episode, I really encourage you to check it out.
There are over 27 million people enslaved in the world today, with 200,000+ being enslaved in the United States. Out of the 200,000 enslaved in the US alone, over 50% of them are children. Every day children are being robbed of their innocence and being forced to sell their bodies for a profit. This is a $33+ billion dollar industry, which surpasses the profits of some of the most lucrative businesses in the world today. We have to stop these egregious crimes from happening, and we can do so by raising awareness about the issue. There is a multitude of ways you can get involved, whether that be in supporting non-profits that have recovery programs, establishing an awareness group in your neighborhood or most importantly, reporting suspicious activity! I urge you to keep the national hotline’s number readily available. I have provided it for you here:
National Human Trafficking Hotline
1 (888) 373-7888
SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”)
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Languages: English, Spanish and 200 more languages
Together, we can do our part to help end the abuse and return innocent children back to their loving homes or find them a loving home should they not have one to return to. No person should ever be bound by invisible chains and robbed of their innocence.
PS: Human trafficking isn’t limited to just sex. Human trafficking also involves labor trafficking. Just a reminder this Valentine’s Day that cheap chocolate often equates to slave labor. Please consider buying products marked with the “Fair Trade” logo to ensure that you are not supporting slave labor.