Tuesday, August 21

trafficking. rise up. bring awareness.

Modern day slavery.
It's the world's second fastest growing and second largest criminal enterprise, after drugs.
1.2 million children fall victim to the crime.
Bringing in over $12 billion a year.
An estimated 14,500-17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States each year.
The number of humans/children trafficked inside the United States each year is even higher.
About 200,000 American children are at risk for trafficking into the sex industry.
This is not just a "third world" or "overseas" issue, this is in our own backyard.
Another staggering report....
There are 600,000-800,000 people bought and sold across international borders each year.
50% are children...mostly females...the average age...12.
(statistics taken from SCTNow.org)

Honestly, I, myself didn't realize the depth of this horrific crime until about 2 years ago. I knew the crime existed, but didn't realize how devastating this issue was until I made myself available to really knowing about it. I had to open my eyes to its extremity. And to learn more about it. Now that I know, how could I ever forget.  These sex crimes are prevalent in our very own society. It is in all societies. It is a serious sickness that has penetrated its self into lives of millions across the globe.

Did you know that in parts of the Brazilian jungle, you can purchase cocaine as well as have the opportunity to have sex with infants? Did you know that in Sierra Lion or in the Congo or in Uganda or Somalia or Ethiopia or in many, many other war-torn parts of Africa women and children are being tortured, molested and brutally raped just because they are women or female and for the sport of it?!  Did you know that sex tourism (Yes! TOURISM) is prevalent in Asai... in countries such as Thailand and Cambodia?! I have many more did you know's but I will spare you. It is rough. Heartbreaking. Devastating. Nauseating.

It has to end. It has to be stopped. There has to be change. We have to STAND UP for our sisters and brothers who have fallen victim to these heinous crimes. We have to bring them HOPE. Bring the Justice.

How can we...How can YOU... stand up and fight against a sickness that has always existed on some level in society but seems to be growing faster and becoming more twisted by the minute??

You can get involved! There are several organizations in place that are doing their best to stop these crimes from happening.  Several that are bringing this horrific crime to light and out of the shadows. Several that are rescuing people from their enslavement. And there are many that are in place that bring restoration and healing to these women and children who were once enslaved or who were effected by these horrible acts.

If you are in the Midland/Odessa area, I have the perfect opportunity for you to STAND UP and ACT and FIGHT against these crimes. A chance to get involved.

Each year, the church I attend helps hosts a 5k Walk/Run in our community through SCTNow.

STOP Child Trafficking Now.

SCTNow seeks to protect and deliver children from the heinous crime, by focusing on efforts stopping the demand (buyer, predators, traffickers).SCTNow believed that focusing on stopping the demand has the power to interrupt the cycle of supply, demand, and distribution, resulting in fewer predators, and ultimately fewer victims. SCTNow fund efforts that target the demand side of child sex slavery.

This year the 5k Walk/Run will be held on September 22 at Midland College.

 Just click the image above to get registered to Walk/Run in this special event. You will be joining thousands as we walk this September to stop child sex slavery. You will be making an impact in your city (our city Midland/Odessa) and across the nation by raising awareness and valuable funds needed in the fight against this crime.

Also, if you live in the area and you aren't really "into" running or walking this event (like me..ha!)  there are many other ways you can get involved! We are needing many volunteers this year! The team putting this together NEEDS your HELP.  Specifically we need the following:

  • volunteers to help set up and tear down the day of
  • SPONSORSHIPS if you or your company or a company you know would like to sponsor this event and be apart of stopping this crime send them my way! I will help direct them to the right place!
  • people to take flyers to local gyms (in both Midland and Odessa), to health food stores, vitamin stores, smoothie places, athletic stores, businesses, spas or where ever else you think runners or people interested will see them. 
  • people to put together sponsor packets and flyers
As you can see there is a lot that needs to be done and there are several places you can get involved! If you are interested in helping get this thing off the ground this year let me know! I would LOVE to get you connected with the right people! Plus, you will get to hang out with me and my cute kids! HA! My sweet hubby will most likely be running this race! 

If you are interested in learning more about this industry and how to bring an end to these crimes here are some helpful links! 

There are sooo many more! I encourage you to research a few ministries and to continue to pray for change and for hope for these victims and for an END to these crimes!! 

Take a moment and pause my music at the bottom of the screen and watch this below. 
Let it soak in.
This film in full length will be released soon. Will you educate yourself? 

1 comment:

  1. So glad to see this post making others aware of the trafficking problem at home...and abroad. My husband and I are affiliated with a ministry, ONEless, working proactively and reactively for the orphan and the victim. www.onelessministries.org


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