Action step against trafficking: Decide who you should invite to Engedi Refuge's "Restoring Hope" Gala -- and ask them this week!
Exploited and trying to suvive
KIMAtv.com in Yakima, Washington tells the story of a local trafficking survivor and explains why teens end up as victims. Dave Hanson at Sunrise Outreach in Yakima, says it's an industry that mainly targets people who have nowhere to go, or people to turn to. Hanson says teens who end up in the human trafficking world often enter into it, because many can't yet fend for themselves and will do just about anything to have food and a roof over their head.
"They're in this situation where they're being exploited because they are trying to survive," said Hanson.
"Jane's" story of exploitation and survival came at the hands of her own mother. "When I was about 14 and a half she (her mom) told me you go out to the highway, and you either come home with drugs or money or you don't come home at all," said Jane.
Jane says she spent many days on Pacific Highway, an area in Seattle where lots of sexual exchanges take place. It was many years before she was able to get out of what she termed, "that dark place."
When she started to go to school at age 25, she met the first good role models in her life. That's when she realized things might have been different if there had been a trusted adult to turn to. The article explains, "Jane says all it takes for you to enter that child's life is to be the person they can go to for help."
That means that teachers, coaches, caring neighbors, mentors, youth group leaders and volunteers, and everyone else who works with children can help prevent trafficking just by being a safe person a child can turn to for help.
That child on the street isn't a vixen trying to seduce johns. She/he is only trying to survive and who knows what his/her life circumstances are?
If you're in a position to "be there" for kids, I salute you and encourage you to keep caring and listening. Young people need you -- some more than others.
Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts/
Restoring Hope Gala
Saturday, April 13, 2019 Engedi Refuge says, "You can help bring safety, comfort, and hope to victims of sex trafficking by joining us at our 2019 Restoring Hope fundraising gala. This event is an amazing opportunity for community partners like you to share this mission with your friends and associates by inviting them to a night of celebration, inspiration, fun, and meaningful charity. You make all the difference in ensuring the message of hope continues to be carried to survivors of trafficking!!"
When: Saturday, April 13, 2019. Registration opens at 5:30, dinner served at 6:30
Where: Four Points by Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham WA 98229
Cost: Single ticket; $65; Table Sponsorship of 8 is $500.
Click HERE to register for the Gala
--Trafficking in the suburbs of Seattle. Read Jessika's storyhere.
--News from San Diego: Roy Maas Youth Alternative opened La Puerta, an emergency shelter for sex trafficked children.