Anti-trafficking vigil December 14 by the Project for Healing Humanity

Anti-trafficking vigil December 14 by the Project for Healing Humanity

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Washington, December 13, 2012 – In every child’s eyes we see the light and hope for a future brighter than the one we now live in. We nurture and love our children and teach them to open their hearts as we draw small handfuls from the well of our compassion to aid those who are less fortunate.

We must however, delve deeper in to that well and rally those around us, as a global scourge eats away at the humanity we so treasure so dearly.

According to the United Nations 1.2 million children are trafficked every year and 43% of all human trafficking victims were exploited sexually. The global child sex tourism industry is growing at epidemic proportions and the U.S. State Department estimated that in 2008 the trafficking of humans for purposes of sex generated 218 billion dollars in profit. The numbers also show that each victim of sex trafficking generated an average of $23,000.00 in profit under the chains of modern day slavery.

That makes human trafficking more profitable than the illegal drug trade and with an inexhaustible supply of victims internationally the problem is only getting worse. According to investigations by the human rights group Shared Hope International “minors were sold an average of 10-15 times a day, 6 days a week, totaling between 9,360 and 14,040 sex acts a year.” The child victims of sex trafficking range in age from infants to teens and with each day that passes our power to stop these atrocities dwindles unless we take action.

On December 14 at 8:00PM we can all join together to stand against this evil that steals our children. The Project for Healing Humanity with founder and host Fernanda Mejia present an online interactive world vigil for victims of human and sex trafficking and their families ( Featured speakers include Dan Benedict, founder The Defender Foundation (rescuing trafficking victims) Blair Corbett, founder Ark of Hope for Children Lori Reyes, Therapist and Jerome Elam, journalist Washington Times Communities; child abuse survivor

I hope you will join me on Friday December 14 from 8:00-9:00PM as we send our thoughts and prayers to those who are still suffering bound by the chains of fear. By your participation we can show the evil in this world that we will not rest until modern day slavery is eradicated.

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Jerome Elam
Jerome Elam is a survivor of child sex trafficking, child abuse, and child pornography. He is also the child of an alcoholic and a child survivor of domestic violence as well as a child of divorce. Raised in the south, Jerome enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of seventeen to escape the nightmare he had become trapped in. That day, Jerome’s life found a new beginning as he embarked upon a journey that would show him the world and open his eyes to the strength of the human spirit. After his enlistment was finished, Jerome attended college and graduated to work in the Biotechnology sector. Motivated by the painful memory of his past, Jerome began to speak out about his abuse and found the healing force of God’s unconditional love and the joy of starting his own family. He is a fierce advocate for all children deprived of their voices, a speaker, a Staff Writer and Columnist for Communities Digital News and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. When asked to describe his life Jerome says,” I have struggled against many things in my life and somehow I found a way to survive. Writing is my passion and it keeps me in touch with the wealth everyone holds deep inside their hearts and minds. I share my experiences in the hope that those suffering in silence will find the courage to speak out and share their voices. I have been blessed to have God reveal his purpose for me in saving innocent children from predators.”