Human trafficking. Sex slavery. Child exploitation.
LOVE146 — an international charity that provides aftercare and rehabilitation for children rescued from sexual slavery — has collaborated with Nashville-based rock group Band of Love on a new video to increase public awareness on this issue.
In some cases, children as young as eight years old are forced to work as prostitutes. An enslaved child may be raped between five and ten times per night. The transaction may be for as little as $5 each time. However, the first time a child is sold, the price may rise as high as $200. When a child is forced into a brothel, her name is typically replaced with a number — further stripping her of her humanity. Child brothels will sometimes print up a menu for men to look at, complete with pictures and prices — as if each child were a piece of meat. On average, two children are sold every minute. By some estimates, as many as 27 million people are currently enslaved around the world. This “hidden” problem is larger than many of us can imagine.
You’re wrong if you think you can’t make a difference. Organizations who work in this area like LOVE146 and the International Justice Mission are run by regular people — just like you. One child at a time, they are transforming the lives of trafficking victims around the world. If you feel inspired to act on this issue, maybe you’d like to give financially to support a survivor rehabilitation house, or donate some of your time to post, share, Tweet and help raise awareness in others about this issue.
There is hope for survivors. Each one of these children deserves to be loved in a safe environment. Each one deserves to be given a second chance at life. We can promote social justice for the most vulnerable among us. We’re all horrified by child trafficking. But the good news is, we don’t have to stop there. We can do something for these kids.
Learn more at Nathan Harden’s Huffington Post article: Eight Facts You Didn’t Know About Child Sex Trafficking.