Did you know we are the #3 Exodus Road fundraising team now? Fifteen of you have joined me in raising nearly $700. Thank you!
We have one week to raise the other half. I blogged here about my commitment to help this non-profit raise $1400 to raid a brothel selling imprisoned children for sex. The Exodus Road is taking two of its top fundraising bloggers back to SE Asia to see the operation firsthand. That could be me!
Here’s why this work matters:
1. There are more human slaves now than at any other time in human history.
2. An estimated 600,000-800,000 people are trafficked over international borders, including into the US, each year. Seventy percent are female and half are children.
3. Human trafficking is the third largest organized crime after guns and drugs.
Ugh, thanks Erin, I really needed more bad news.
Don’t despair! It is easy to help and you don’t have to solve the whole problem, you just have to refuse to do nothing. Your contribution matters to rescued sex slaves like Sarah.
So here is not one, but two options for fighting sexual slavery.
Donate to The Exodus Road coalition and support the people performing covert surveillance and organizing raids on SE Asian brothels.
Donate to The LA Dream Center, which operates the United States’ largest transitional care and recovery center for victims of human trafficking. Even though I was at the Dream Center in November, I know little about this program, because security for it is super high. In LA that is expensive.
As Chris Caine, founder of the A21 Campaign says, no one can do everything, but everyone can do something.
Tomorrow, I’m bringing the noise from Sweden – a nation which sex traffickers consider “inhospitable for business.” Solutions abound y’all. Be a part!