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 (http://www.arkofhopeforchildren.org/online-world-vigils/events/world-online-vigils-for-healing-humanity#.UMn1sXPjkRZ). Featured speakers include Dan Benedict, founder The Defender Foundation www.thedefenderfoundation.org (rescuing trafficking victims) Blair Corbett, founder Ark of Hope for Children Lori Reyes, Therapist www.facebook.com/loriannereyes and Jerome Elam, journalist Washington Times Communities; child abuse survivor www.facebook.com/jerome.elam.
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.