Idaho’s Modern Day Abolitionists

“I’m sure that sex trafficking is happening in Boise and in Idaho,” said Annie Kerrick, an attorney with the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. “But we’re failing to identify it, so people need to know what sex trafficking looks like so we can start identifying those cases as such.”

Kerrick pointed to the fact that immigrants, legal or illegal, are not the only ones exploited. “A lot of the youth, especially the young girls that we are seeing trafficked, are girls that are from the United States,” Kerrick said. “The initial focus when I started working in this area five years ago was on international trafficking, but now we realize that a lot of trafficking is happening domestically with runaways or at-risk youth.”

As this topic of human sex trafficking is beginning to register as a hot button issue within the United States, self-proclaimed modern-day abolitionist Lance Moore, senior communication major with a dual minor in leadership studies and political science, has decided to dedicate his professional life to the cause. Moore serves as president of International Justice Mission’s (IJM) Boise State chapter. “Basically our goal is to raise awareness for human trafficking in general,” Moore said. “It is a billion dollar industry around the world including the United States. How can I, as a human being in general, sit and live in a happy and comfortable lifestyle when I know there are things like this that should not exist, but still exist in this world.”

Moore said he attributes some of the lack of awareness on this topic to the apathetic attitudes and mentalities of many people who refuse to accept the reality of human sex trafficking, and believe if they don’t address the issue, it will go away. “Be open to the uncomfortability of it; have that openness and willingness to listen. A lot of people just don’t take it in. Being vulnerable to something that may be uncomfortable is best,” Moore said. “The fact that this could be a sister, a cousin, a mother, a daughter or son, I think this is why I keep wanting to solidify this and push forward that this is a human issue and something I am always going to fight against.”

Learn more at Tabitha Bowers’ Arbiter Online article: Modern day abolitionists fight human sex trafficking

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