Today is Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Below, I suggest one simple step for you to get involved in stopping human trafficking. Please read on to find out what it is.
Worldwide, there are an estimated 31 million people trafficked as sex slaves every single year. Of that number, at least 3 million are children. Many of these children will be raped 30, 40, even 50 times per day. And yes, this happens right here in the United States. It happens in big cities and small towns. It probably happens within a few blocks of where you live.
How can we sit back and not be concerned?
Oh, I know. I’ve heard the excuses. I used them myself. The most common excuse is this: “The problem is so big, and it’s been going on forever. We can’t do anything to stop it.”
So does this mean we just let it happen? No! We must do something, however small. But what?
As I wrote this post, I looked down at a cardboard Starbucks coffee cup on my desk. On the side, in bold, green letters, it said, “Every cup can make a difference.” Starbucks is challenging us to recycle. But really, does recycling one cardboard cup make any difference in all the trash and lack of recycling worldwide? Of course not.
But over a lifetime, one person recycling does make a difference. And if a thousand people do it, even better. If a million…well, you get the picture.
The same goes for stopping human sex slavery. Maybe it’s true that we will never eradicate human trafficking. But with a few steps, you can help rescue one or two girls, and I guarantee that your efforts will matter to her.
But few of us are ready to actually go rescue a girl, and even if we wanted to, we don’t know how. So if you want to do something, you can start with something real simple: raise your awareness of the issue. That’s how my wife and I started. And here is what you can do: buy and read one or two of the following books.
Priceless by Tom Davis
Scared by Tom Davis
Renting Lacy by Linda Smith
More than Rice by Pamala Kennedy Chestnut
I have already posted a review of Priceless, and will posting reviews of Renting Lacy, and More than Rice in the near future. Reading a book is not much–about on the scale of recycling one cardboard cup–but it’s a start.To learn more about Human Trafficking and sex slavery, check out some of these posts:
Human Trafficking Posts
- Sex Slaves
- Would You Fight Slavery?
- Rescue Russian Sex Slaves
- Rescue Russian Girls from Sex Slavery
- Stop Her Nightmare
- Another Girl Rescued Today
- Girls for Sale
- Goal Reached!
- I Want to be a Prostitute
- $52,000 raised!
- 31 Million Sex Slaves
- Renting Lacy
- More Than Rice
- Human Trafficking Ring Busted
- The Other Big Game
- Sex Slavery, Planned Parenthood, and Your Tax Dollars
- How to Minister to Prostitutes
- Wisconsin Woman Held as Sex Slave in Brooklyn
- Coked-Up Whore
- Human Trafficking has Many Faces
- Into an India Brothel
- You Need a Girl?
- Human Trafficking Media
- The Son of God is Selling Children
- My Girls Raised $300 to help stop Human Trafficking
- Rape for Profit
- Human Trafficking Statistics
- Help Rescue Girls from Forced Prostitution
I want to be a voice for these women and children and do whatever I can, even it’s a bunch of small things, to help end this miserable thing. Thank you for posting info on how to get started.
Jeremy Myers says
Even small things result in something great. I am trying to find out more of what we can do too, but since there is so much criminal activity involved in human trafficking, most of what can be done is reserved for law enforcement. But I think that as more and more people cry out for this to end, there will become more opportunities for people to get involved. For right now, read some of those books, and check out some of the websites. Who knows what opportunities might come your way? Thanks for commenting.
Brittany Perrkins says
ive started a page on facebook go to http://www.facebook.com/bringing hope foundation and like the page i just started it this page is based on stopping sex and human trafficking i believe that we can bring an end to it if we raise the awareness please like this page
This is so sad. How has this world become a society of thinking that women and children can be treated this way? 30-50 times a day?! How can this be stopped? How are we to find where this is happening? I’m anxious to check out those books. Any particular one you recommend?
Jeremy Myers says
It is extremely sad. We support Children’s Hope Chest to help stop this sort of thing.
As far as books, I recommend Priceless by Tom Davis and Renting Lacy by Linda Smith.
Hi, Where did you get the information of there being specifically 31 million sex slaves? This is a very different number from my research, so I’m curious as to what your source is.
Jeremy Myers says
I am sorry, I honestly do not remember. I should have referenced the source…
As of 2018, I read it’s 24 million but figure, who cares? One is one too many and the difference between 31 and 24 million makes no difference. Probably 20 people on the planet are bold enough to actually do what is necessary to make a dent in this people and it’s not waiting for the government to do so. The People need to take the power back and confront those around them who exploit humans. They are all around us if it’s a $10 billion industry. Many participate, most likely, someone you “know”.
We can all do something but the industry is too profitable to stop. Pick up the phone and listen to people play dumb or stonewall. Our government loves human trafficking. It’s a $10 billion industry annually. California, 6th largest economy in the world thanks to technology, entertainment and agriculture. All 3 industries exploit human by trafficking them for work or sex. A pimp can make $150k – $200k/human and generally has 4 – 6 humans for exploitation. You do the math. California has no intention of climbing down the economic ladder and all her citizen are willfully blind about what that support through participation or silence. I thought people wanted to reduce sex trafficking but quite the opposite is true. Most don’t want to acknowledge it’s happening and the rest are showing up with money in their hands.