Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. It is a sad statement that we have an awareness day because the problem is so large. It is easy with this issue and so many others to say “it’s too big an issue”, “there is nothing I can do”, “when will the government do something” and the list of our excuses goes on and on.
The fact of the matter is we all can do something. When we collectively do something change occurs. 27 million people enslaved is big statistic but we need to break it down to one person and focus on how we can impact just one life.
When I was at the South Florida Human Trafficking Coalition Meeting one of the FBI agents made a statement that struck me and has stayed with me. One of his roles is to manage an undercover group dealing with gangs on drugs and guns. One day one of the under cover agents was asked by the gang leader if they were interested in girls. The FBI agent said he has made it clear to all that if they were to be offered any person that one life becomes more important than any drug or gun related sting they are working on. One life is more important that anything else.
When we look at this problem one life at a time, we can indeed do something about it. Reflecting on the birthday party in the shoppe yesterday, there were 13 precious girls attending a 9-year-old birthday party. These girls were free to be girls, to laugh, to play make crafts and be cared for and loved. Girls the same age are being trafficked here and abroad and their childhood and life are being stolen from them.
We can all make a difference be it through donations to groups focused on this issue, writing letters to your elected officials and just calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline if you believe someone is being trafficked – the number is 1 (888) 373-7888. Take a moment now to put this number in your phone, you could save a life.
If you would like to learn more about the leading organizations in this fight, go to our shoppe website and click “educate”.