Walk for Freedom | Milwaukee, WI
Two things this post represents:
1. The A21 Campaign held their third annual walk that people across the world participated on October 16; This walk is called Walk For Freedom. What is it exactly? A Freedom Walk is a collective effort to raise awareness of modern day slavery by walking with a purpose. Not only did we raise awareness around the world on the issue of Human Trafficking, but money was donated to the different teams that chose to put in work. The money donated provides crucial funds for addressing the issue of Human Trafficking in each of the countries where A21 operates. It also funds the work of their restoration facilities and programs, covers the cost of assisting and rehabilitating survivors, and prosecuting traffickers. All this leading to the second thing..
2. Sex Slavery being a subject & injustice that I am super passionate in talking about and learning more of. There is so much work to be done. So many times is seems overwhelming and almost discouraging because you "feel" like you aren't even making a difference. This is where events like this play a vital part in the bigger picture. If we can get more people to come together and rise up with a voice against modern day slavery- we WILL be able to see it abolished in our time just like slavery was abolished and birthed the 13th amendment.
Human Trafficking is a 52 BILLION dollar industry in the United States alone
27 Million are in bondage across the globe
40% of pimps are mothers
The average age of a victim is 12 yrs old
1-2% Of Victims are ever usually rescued
Traffickers and pimps use physical, emotional and psychological abuse to coerce young women and girls into a life of sex trafficking. Traffickers are master manipulators and employ tactics to create trauma bonds with victims. Traffickers often use the threat of violence against victims or victim's loved ones to secure their submission.
Viewing pornography may be a solo act; however, the production of the material and the social and relational consequences of the behavior extends far past the individual. Children and adults endure brutal rape and abuse at the hands of pornographers and may require years of specialized therapy to heal from the intense trauma inflicted on them. The effects of pornography can skew the viewer's perception of healthy sexual behavior and boundaries, impacting the viewer's personal relationship with a spouse or significant other. Trafficked women and children may face an increased risk of violence or degradation due to the normalization of deviant sex acts propagated through pornography.
*You can view more facts and questions on sharedhope.org*
Here is what I am learning through my journey of being an advocate: It is never too late to get involved and find a way to make a difference. It is so life-giving to fight against injustice and be a voice for the voiceless. If you love people and you are seeking something to be passionate about- this doesn't have to be "that person's passion-" it can be yours too. It takes being intentional and a lot of personal research. Remember- you're not alone in this. Grab a friend and initiate the movement- take a stand TOGETHER...it's more powerful than you realize.
I was blessed to share in this experience with people in my life that have been so supporitve and truly care about what's going on outside of their homes. Donney, a good friend of mine, was invited to share his heart by performing some of his music towards the end of the walk. I will let his lyrics speak for itself.
"...to be honest, my speaker's about to blow if I hear another song about strippers who are on the pole.
This is getting so old. Most of it is going gold. But we don't rap about all the girl's being sold.
Sex Trafficking, such a touchy topic. I know it's touchy but we don't touch on these type of topics....
Will you start taking steps to fight for the ones who can't fight for themselves?