Human trafficking is a social issue that has been close to my heart for a long time. I’ve shared about organizations and causes like Not for Sale, Because Justice Matters and Amy’s One Dress Campaign through the Uniform Project several times on my blog, and when I was approached by Erin Giles, I couldn’t help but join her movement. Erin started End Sex Trafficking Day, which takes place today on Tuesday, September 17 – today. End Sex Trafficking Day aims do more together as a movement than as individuals and stand up for freedom.
Here’s the hard, scary and sad facts:
- Governments estimate there are 27 million slaves being held worldwide—more than at any point in human history. (U.S. State Department, March 2012)
- As many as 2 million children are subjected to prostitution in the global commercial sex trade. (U.S. State Department, Trafficking in Persons Report, 2011)
- The average age of entry into prostitution in the United States is 13- to 14-years-old. (Sara Ann Friedman for ECPAT-USA, “Who Is There to Help Us?,” 2005)
The goal is to raise $25,000 for five nonprofits that are hitting the ground everyday fighting for the enslaved. These nonprofits are making impact in every area of ending sex trafficking; awareness, prevention, rescue and recovery and big change will take place with the work that these non profits will be able to do with their $5,000 from End Sex Trafficking Day.
Want to join the campaign? Here’s how to contribute.
Here’s where the money goes:
- The awareness money funds will benefit the makers behind the documentary Nefarious
- The prevention fundraising efforts will benefit The Sold Project
- The rescue fundraising effort will benefit Courtney’s House
- The recovery fundraising efforts will benefit New Friends New Life and the Not for Sale campaign
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,” and this obviously matters. The cold hard facts sting just to read. Children? 2 million of them? My heart hurts. But hearing about the lives that have been restored through awesome organizations like Not for Sale, The Sold Project and the others above, and people like Erin, is enough to make me want to change.
I hope you’re shocked by these startling statistics and empowered enough to want to change this. xo