17 Nov “Slavery is Very Much Alive Today”
Each year more than 100,000 children are being sold for sex on the street corner, through escort services, and over the internet…and that’s just in the United States. Sex trafficking is an international plague that has received scant attention. Thousands of sexually exploited children in the U.S. are unable, even after being freed from their pimps; to have their basic needs met. Today you have an opportunity to do something about it by participating in the “National (Call-in) Day of Action.”
The National Coalition to End Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking is asking individuals to help in the passage of the Domestic Minor Sex trafficking and Victims Support Act (H.R. 5575) which will provide grants to states to train social service agencies and law enforcement in reporting and investigation of trafficking incidents. The bill will also provide much needed services and shelter to those who have been victims.
We direct you to Polaris Project’s website and urge you to go here to follow the steps outlined to participate in this call to action. Even if you can’t participate today, please do make a call or send contact your representative this week. The victims of trafficking need you.
Trafficking is an issue that UFI deals with regularly at the UN. It is a “family issue” and it does impact you, your family, and your community. Go here to see a short video on one young girl’s life as a trafficking victim.