According to The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, in 2004 the number of child pornography files (online) stood at 450,000. By 2011 the number had increased to 17 million – a roughly 40x increase.
Why does it matter to us that on some “track” in one city two states away a teenager is forced to have sex with men three times her age multiple times a day? Why do we care if abortions, diseases, stigma, and a lifetime of psychological trauma become her fate? The answer is simple: because that act, those multiple acts, will have equal and opposite effects somewhere down the road and they don’t stop until everyone decides that we’ve had enough.
1) We all decided the collective goal was to reduce online human trafficking by 50 percent by 2015?
2) Once a day for the next month we committed to sending a text message to a friend or contact that read: “Join the movement! Spread the word about the BeFree shortcode (233733) and reduce human trafficking by 50 percent”?
3) You implored, personally (with a face-to-face ask), ten of your closest, most influential friends to post this message to their Facebook Wall and put this message at the bottom of their signature line: “Don’t ask why, just trust me: spread the word about the BeFree shortcode (233733) and reduce human trafficking by 50 percent by 2015”?
I’m in. Are you?
Learn more at Rebekah Iliff’s Huffington Post article: Sex Trafficking: High Tech’s Humanitarian Revolt Against the Johns.