The Invisible Bend
In my post , Why the World Needs Strong Women, I mentioned the horrific, growing epidemic of human trafficking and how we can counteract its effects. This global war for the lives and well-being of girls, women, and young boys, is invisible but very, very real. It happens in our own cities and regions, though we may not recognize it.
Human trafficking is an intricate and complicated form of organized crime. Perpetrators prey on the vulnerabilities of social inequality and widespread poverty. These two issues plague parts of North America, but are more common in sexual exploit centers like Thailand and Greece. By working to decrease – and hopefully one day eliminate – these two factors, we can help reduce the reasons many are forced to enter the sex trade.
For those of you looking for more information, or ways to get involved, try these websites:
International Justice Mission – IJM is coming to Abbotsford in October to host training workshops for those who want to become involved in their work. This is a fascinating organization led by highly-trained professionals. Their efforts concentrate on the analytical, political, and strategic factors leading to the practice of human slavery. Compelling anecdotes of their work are shared in David Batstone’s, Not For Sale.
For those of you in the Vancouver area, check out these groups working as ordinary heroes in our own city:
PEERS Vancouver – working to help women exit the sex trade
Covenant House Vancouver – providing love and hope to Vancouver’s street youth
If any of you have any extra suggestions, ideas, or questions for me, please leave a comment, or contact me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on Twitter (@lana_meredith).
Blessings on all of us as we work to eradicate this awful reality.