HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND SEXUAL EXPLOITATION:
This is happening in our neighborhoods. With our community’s children. Just because you may not be able to see it, doesn’t mean it is not there. The statistics don’t lie. Human Trafficking annually is an estimated $32 billion industry, with $9.5 billion of that generated in the United States. It may surprise you to know that in the US, an average entry into prostitution for a child victim is 13-14 years old, with their trafficker making anywhere from $150,000 to $200,000 per child each year. Traffickers are not just strangers that kidnap their victims, they can also be parents, relatives or boyfriends. The average trafficker has 4 to 6 girls, each at risk of being forced to perform sexual acts up to 20-48 times a day. Each day, victims are being rescued, however, there is a shortage of resources available to help these victims once they are freed. No one deserves to be traded as a commodity…
And you can help CHANGE that.
We have visited the campuses organizations helping these rescued victims. A few individuals that stand out are a 14 year old who, holding her baby, who was sold years prior by her parents for $12,000, and a 17 year old who was sold for $8,000 to a trafficker. This is happening right in our backyard, and we are dedicated to help bring dignity and worth back into their precious lives.
We partner with organizations that offer safe refuge and specialized counseling so that victims of sexual exploitation in all its forms can be restored as functioning members of society, equipped to live a healthy independent life.
ARE YOU READY TO CREATE CHANGE?
Our project creates bags for the individuals, filled with items of necessity contributing to change at the physical, emotional and spiritual level. We have bags for infants, children and young adults. All you have to do is decide how many bags to contribute (each ranging from $5-$20) and we will acquire the items, create and deliver the bags on your behalf.
Back-in-the-day, bullies on the playground had to show their face. They had to have some guts behind their actions, but not here in cyberspace. Even the wimpy and weak can strike…and it’s a shame that a lot of the social media and blog platforms do really little to stop this from happening.
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
A shocking 20 percent of students report experiences cyberbyllying in their lifetime, according to the cyberbullying research center.
And this is not just something that teenagers experience. It’s happening to adults likewise. Research shows that around eight out of ten surveyed had experienced at least one form of cyberbullying behaviors on at least one occasion in the previous six months. The results also showed 14 to 20 per cent experienced them on at least a weekly basis — a similar rate to conventional bullying.
Our project supports programs in the community to raise awareness around cyberbullying. This has got to stop- and we are here to help that become a reality.
Source References: United Nations; US Department of Justice; National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; Health and Human Services.
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). “Cyberbullying in the workplace ‘worse than conventional bullying’.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 2 November 2012. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121102084650.htm