Dear Hope Givers,
August is back to school month and parents are getting their kids back into the routine of school. It got me thinking, how can we get our youth focused on seeing the need of others and ultimately DOING SOMETHING to be the change? Tomorrow, August 12th is International Youth Day, which is designed to bring important issues to the attention of the international community and engage our young people in the process of change. Under U.S. law any child under the age of 18 is considered a victim of trafficking if they are providing sexual services under any circumstances. According to UNICEF, as many as two million children are forced into the global commercial sex trade. What could be more important right now than inspiring our youth to take action?
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” Young people are vital in the fight against human trafficking and we must model what it means to be freedom fighters to these around us! As parents, educators, and social service providers we need to demonstrate a life lived for the well being of others. You readily give of your time and finances to help Trafficking Hope accomplish its mission to educate communities about sex trafficking, but now it's time to get our youth involved. Contact your local school system to find out if they have a curriculum to teach youth about the dangers of exploitation. If you would like Trafficking Hope to visit your school, please visit our website to request a speaker. Together we can end this!