Human Trafficking and One Awesome Client’s Bid to Change the World
For those that think slavery was eradicated with the 13th amendment, think again. Many do not realize that slavery, now called human trafficking, still exists in the cities and towns they live in. Even Boise, with a population of roughly 214,000 is not immune to the injustice of human trafficking.
According to the International Labour Organization, almost 21 million people are victims of forced labor, and 4.5 million people are victims of forced sexual exploitation. While these numbers are staggering, they are probably well below the actual figure, due to the underground nature of human trafficking. What’s worse, but not surprising, is that children are among those victimized—current slave traders focus on the vulnerable and marginalized. They are coerced into slavery by the promise of a better life and then sold for next to nothing. According to Love146, “In 1850 a slave in the American south was sold for the equivalent of $40,000. In present day, children are sold for as little as 72 US dollars.”
Meet our client: Love146
Love146 is an organization with a powerful story, dedicated to the abolition of child trafficking and exploitation. They are working hard to end modern-day slavery through prevention education, survivor care, professional training, and empowering movement. They recognize that being removed from an exploitative situation is simply not enough, and work to restore survivors. They empower the children they serve and they offer them a family willing to walk through fire to keep them safe.
Like any family, they want to protect those they love and care about. A recent blog from Love146, that could move the toughest soul to tears, states:
“Your case will not end when you leave the child welfare system or when you turn 18 or 21. You are not a ‘case,’ you are a human being. We’ll sit at the DMV with you. We’ll take you to Denny’s for dinner after a hard day, if that’s where you want to go. When you ask, we’ll pay. We’ll hold your hand while the tattoo of your traffickers name is covered up with a beautiful new design. If we come to visit and you’re crying on the kitchen floor, we’ll sit on the floor with you…we’ll have the tough conversations. When you pass your classes, we’ll take you to the Miranda Lambert concert, because she’s your favorite. Because that’s what family does. Love146 aren’t just homes. We’re a family.”
Beyond caring for survivors of trafficking in the United States, they provide holistic survivor care to children in the Philippines and the U.K., striving to see survivors become self-sufficient, flourishing adults. They educate at risk youth in classrooms and community settings to aid them in recognizing the behavior of traffickers. They offer training for teachers and social workers to help them recognize and respond to human trafficking.
They are an excellent client with a lofty mission, and they need our help. As they state on their website, “no single effort will bring about the abolition of child trafficking and exploitation—it will be a movement united with a collective shout.”
To see how you can help, visit: www.love146.org.
Renata Poe Massie, Content Creator for Jitasa