Hey guys! Two days ago I had the honor of helping a friend by moderating/hosting an event that brought awareness to a huge epidemic globally…particularly right here in our backyard in Atlanta…human trafficking.
It was quite the eye-opener for me as I was doing research and preparing for this event. I didn’t know much about human trafficking until I saw the movie, “Taken” with Liam Nielson. Even then, I didn’t know there was an official name for that type of crime.
Fast forward to the Summer of 2015, when I worked on a set as a Production Assistant on a webseries, called “Magnolia Avenue”. This series was written for the sole purpose of bringing awareness to one the biggest hubs for human trafficking…Atlanta, GA. I couldn’t believe it.
Human trafficking is actually a $150 billion dollar (and rising) industry second to illegal drugs and arms in the world. Although it boasts of millions and millions of victims in Cambodia and India, it is prevalent in other countries such as Greece, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Nigeria just to name a few and of course…right here in the “land of the free”.
I found out that human trafficking is not only selling of a human being for sexual exploitation, other types of human trafficking involves organ harvesting and forced labor. However, 75% – 80% of this disgusting crime is used for sex. Women, children, men, transgender all fall victim to this heinous crime…children being the #1 target.
I was nervous about moderating this round-table discussion on this topic. Once I got over my nervousness, which was the day of, I learned so much and I’m glad I was apart of it. It is definitely a topic we should keep in the forefront of our minds. Children go missing all the time and there’s a good chance they are probably snatched by someone who will exploit them sexually or worse.
The event was great and successful. Everyone who came out had great input and information to share to help us become aware of suspicious activity that could lead to saving someone’s life.
November is far off, but please remember to vote “Yes” for Safe Harbor/Rachel Law in your state. We need to make sure laws are put in place to protect our loved ones and friends from human trafficking. If you want to know more about it, I highly recommend you check out my friend’s website, http://www.theurbaneflower.com It’s a cause she’s very passionate about…we all should be passionate about.
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