I just finished reading the book, Made In USA: The Sex Trafficking of America's Children by Alisa Jordheim (available on Amazon.com.). On the back cover is the question, "Why would you read this book?" The answer given is, "Sadly, domestic minor sex trafficking is a big problem right here in America - and it's getting worse! In Made in the USA, you'll see how something like this can actually be going on right under our collective noses."
The book contains five stories of real trafficking victims who became survivors. Each is an account of a different captivity scenario:
- A lover boy syndrome story involving a high school junior
- Familial trafficking of a seven-year old girl
- Survival sex involving a seventeen-year old male
- A twelve-year old lured in by a "friend"
- Kidnapping of a seventeen-year old with mental developmental issues
These stories were challenging to read but as Rebecca Greenwood, President of Christian Harvest International states, "...the reality is, all must gain understanding of this grievous issue in order that solutions can be discovered and the victims of this industry set free."
At the end of the book Jordheim says, "It is time to step up and take responsibility for what we know to be true. Our children deserve every freedom outlined in our great national document the Declaration of Independence, especially the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
She goes on to say that though the issue of trafficking seems overwhelming, it can -- like any other problem -- be tackled one step at a time. And, she emphasizes that, "It takes everyone doing the one thing he or she can do, and eventually each of those things adds up to some form of actual change. Ultimately, lives are saved."
Think of it. You and I, doing what we can do, will be part of effecting change and saving lives!
Let's do it!
Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit www.hope4justice.org/learnmore/
WHAT'S ON THE CALENDAR
Saturday, October 21, 2017: Rebound's 2nd Annual Hoptoberfest - from 5 - 10 pm at Bellingham's Sportsplex, benefiting Rebound of Whatcom County & Whatcom Sports & Rec.
Friday, November 3, 2017, 7-9 pm: Engedi Refuge Ministries, in collaboration with Hope4Justice, Light of the World Prayer Center, and CTK Downtown invites you to Stand Against Slavery. Location: Norway Hall, 1419 N Forest St., Bellingham, WA.
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 5-7 pm: Help Hope4Justice serve dinner to Rebound families. Location: CTK Bellingham, 4173 Meridian, Bellingham, WA 98226
New to the calendar: Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 7-8:30 pm:Hope4Justice meeting to discuss anti-trafficking curriculums & plans for presentation. Open to the public. Location: Engedi Learning Center Conference Room, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA.
Saturday, December 2, 2017: Comfort & Joy Celebration to benefit Rebound of Whatcom County. Details to come.
Note: Watch for additional events that may added
Many thanks to:
- Lisa for preparing and sharing excellent information on advocacy at the "I Am Jane Doe" showing
- Audrey for regularly posting for H4J on Facebook
- Kate for creating an awesome poster to use for publicizing the STEP scholarship
These busy ladies are using their skills to fight trafficking. What could you do?
TAKE ACTION AGAINST CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING
Watch the documentary "I Am Jane Doe": If you were unable to join us for this documentary last week, you can still watch it. It's available on Netflix, iTunes, Vimeo, GooglePlay, and Amazon or contact Hope4Justice to borrow the dvd.
Learn more about the issue, the court case against Backpage, and proposed legislation HERE
Sign a change.org petition to tell Google, Facebook, and Microsoft to stop supporting child sex trafficking.
Click HERE for sample tweets to use when speaking out against child sex trafficking.
Access sample letters HERE to send to senators and representatives by email or USPS.
Hope4Justice holds quarterly public meetings plus event involvement. Meetings are held at the Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264. The specific date and information about meeting content will be included in this weekly email as far in advance as possible.
We encourage you to get involved in the events listed in the calendar section.
Directions to Engedi Counseling Center: From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the second building on the left