On this, the last Wednesday of March, I’m joining the #CelebrateWomen blog carnival once again, this time to talk about how we can make a positive impact on women locally and/or globally.
If I survey the stats on Child Slavery around the world, the problem appears insurmountable. It’s easy to shove my hands skyward, convinced I can’t put a dent in those numbers.
If I listen to the statistics on Sexual Exploitation of Children, trafficked on the streets and virtual highways of the US, my outlook grows more grave. What can I do against a legion of opportunistic pimps and madams and predators?
Those numbers are bleak. According to the US Dept of Justice, children are, on average, entering prostitution between 12-14 years of age. The National Center on Missing and Exploited Children found that most runaways will fall prey to exploitation within 48 hours of their hitting the streets.
The number I cannot erase from my brain is 7. That’s the average number of years a child will spend in prostitution before they die, probably from homicide or HIV/AIDS.
But I’m not here to determine what the problem is, you can see more about that problem here. I’m asking you to make a difference in the lives of these girls and women (yes, there are men and boys, too, but the overwhelming majority of sexually exploited and trafficked children are girls, according to Shared Hope International).
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery – Galatians 5:1
Here are three things you can do:
1) Prayerfully consider getting involved in an abolition group. You can do that locally, nationally and globally. My favorite group is Love146, who take a three-pronged approach to sex-based human trafficking.They can use your donations, letter-writing skills and call-center volunteers.
2) Work with at-risk groups. Of the 1-1.5 million runaway kids in this country, 1/3 will probably have some experience with prostitution. Teen hotlines, crisis centers, youth groups, junior high schools, high schools and after school programs can help keep kids in their homes and off the streets.
3) Share this link on Facebook, Tweet it, email it – pass it on. The more people who see this message, and find a way to address the problem, the closer we move to a world without slavery.
In the comments, tell me about a local group people in your area can help in order to help children/women who have experienced the lowest of human nature. How do YOU make a difference?