Raise awareness of human trafficking.
Sex trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery in which a person (many times a minor under 18 years old) is forced into performing sexual acts for money, food, or shelter. Traffickers prey on youth of all ages, particularly homeless or runaway teens, those with uninvolved or neglectful parents, come from an abusive home, or have involvement with a child welfare system.
These children are a higher risk as they are desperate for attention. Young victims of sex trafficking do not realize once they become involved how difficult it is to leave.
I represent an organization called "Shared Hope International'' (sharedhope.org) and it is our goal to bring awareness by educating young girls about the dangers of human trafficking. It is my goal to implement this program throughout the city of Worcester; for example, young organizations, church groups, and hopefully our schools.
As a community it is our responsibility to protect our children. As William Wilberforce said, "You may choose to look the other way, but you can never again say that you did not know.''
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|Publication:||Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)|
|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Jul 16, 2014|
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