Wednesday, January 11, 2012

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Not too long ago, I read a book that impacted me more than any book I've read in a really long time- in fact, maybe ever (with just a few exceptions). Rachel Lloyd's Girls Like Us is a book that explores the commercial sexual exploitation of young girls and teenagers domestically. While I have read about and learned about the trafficking that happens abroad, I had no idea how prevalent it was in the US. This book really opened my eyes, broke my heart, and made it clear to me that we have a responsibility to do something, no matter how big or small.

If you are interested, I have attached a preview of her book below so that you can check it out yourself.

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In honor of today being National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, I would encourage you to engage with this issue in some way.

Here are a few ideas:
  • Pick up a copy of one of the following books (or find one on that interests you- there are many!) and start reading-
    • Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd
    • Not For Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade--and How We Can Fight it by David Batstone
    • God in a Brothel: An Undercover Journey into Sex Trafficking and Rescue by Daniel Walker
  • Consider raising or donating funds to an organization that works to rescue people from slavery- International Justice Mission, Not for Sale, World Relief, GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services)... to name a few.
  • Watch the documentary Very Young Girls, which documents the buying and selling of young girls. I have not seen this, but can only imagine how powerful and tough it would be to watch.
  • If you live locally in Raleigh or the surrounding areas, you can sign up to attend a workshop to learn more about the trafficking industry- with the Salvation Army of Wake County on January 20th &21st. For more information, follow this link.
  • Another local opportunity happening March 24- World Relief Stop Human Trafficking Walk/Run. This will be happening in Durham- for more info, follow this link (scroll down and you'll see it!).

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