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Sex trafficking needs to be stopped once and for all

How long shall we fear, whiter within our selves and hide from the fact that our neighbor is being used as a sex slave, yet we do nothing about it. How many more children should we lose before we take a stand to this revolting acts that these uncivilized beast--cowards who rather let a woman do the work whilst they sits and wait for riches--do to us. Even within marriages, you see a woman being sold by her spouse as a sex slave as a means of income to support the family. Women, why keep quiet and let this happen to you? Why are we bystanders, not wanting to put an end to this epidemic?> It sickens me to the core of my being each time I see someone being taken from their homes, fathers using their children, their wives, pimps thinking that that they can do whatever pleases them. I say enough! enough to this suffering.
A friend of mine was telling me that her mother's friend's daughter had just been abducted a few days ago in Portland, USA just 30minutes from where I am. The first thing I said was let us go find these idiots who had done this. I would have lost doing so, but I can't sit another day and wait for the next victim before I voice out my frustrations to this matter. Too many people I have seen and heard of have been taken away from their homes, being used within their own homes and yet some of us sleep soundly at night.
As women, we shall not let someone dictate what to do and we shall not let our children be in positions where by they may be in the sex tracking red zones, we have to be aware that it can happen to anyone of us, and it is important that we do not take it lightly but do something about it.
How long my fellow women have to die due to Aids and drugs that comes along sex trafficking? How long shall we see the women race fall and belittled by greedy men? Please speak out if you know someone who is being abused, if you see signs in their homes, if you see women who are sex slaves on the side of the road and tell them they still can make a difference. We need to put an end to this. I am empathetic to those who were once in captivity, but do not keep to yourself help someone who may be going through the very thing you came out of, you may never know......you could be the one to save their lives.

Before you go to bed tonight, think to yourself what have I done to solve this? how long must another person die at someone elses' expence and how long should you be silent

Comments

Myrthe's picture

Passion!

Louise, thank you for posting your article. I like how your writing is exploding with passion! Looking forward to reading more from you!

innerdelight's picture

Passion and power of the Web

Hi Louise, I can feel your passion for putting an end to this for once and for all! I'd be curious to read if you have any suggestions as to what women might do, where can they go, how do you see this changing?...
And in keeping with the assignment:
What most excites you about Web 2.0;
What solutions you think Web 2.0 brings to the global women's empowerment movement;
How are, or can, these tools be empowering for you?

I can totally imagine you creating an online movement to generate support for women to receive support and solutions by having an online space and also bringing them together in local communities...

joyful blessings,Tina

amymorros's picture

Stopped Once and For All

As others have commented, your passion is evident and I applaud you for standing up to this evil. I think we need to do more to address it. I also agree that you could also take a look at the link below which is quite helpful in explaining the kinds of submissions that are encouraged in this campaign.

Thank you so much.

http://worldpulse.com/campaigns/girlstransform/girls-transform-the-world...

Amy
@amyinstl

louise.toohey's picture

Restricted Submissions

Amy,
I was confused about what were and weren't allowed to write about in these week activities. I assumed that this was a place where we were to address the things that we felt compassionate about and that addressed the issues that we were greatly impacted by. I am not a writer--am verbal actually--but to be honest, I thought I was doing justice by not letting it be all about me and what I have been through attaining to this topic. There are so many people that have struggled with this, talking about myself and it isn't really my goal. My purpose is to make sure that someone else does not have to go through something so detrimental.
Maybe I am reading way too much into this response of yours and I apologize for it but, I just read the link that you sent me and I felt compelled to give you insight to the truth behind my article.
I will follow the guidelin of what is expected from now on.
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Your article made me think about why more is not being done on this issue. Is the average person really aware of this problem and what can they do? Is it possible that because we, as a culture, don't see the value of certain people in our society that we ignore this issue? For example, "it's just a poor black girl from the inner city, so who cares?". Or "it is just a person who was dabbling in drugs, that made them vulnerable to this exploitation, so who cares?" Perhaps the attitude is that this victim of trafficking is now "ruined", so its too late to help them. I wonder about all of the factors involved that have led to this complacency. What steps could we make? I see prevention as the first priority, but once a person has become a victim how do we rescue them? Once they are rescued, how do we help them recover and then succeed in life? I wish you energy, strength and focus as you try to make a difference.

Diane Ezeji

louise.toohey's picture

I care

Maybe I did not do justice in my true intentions of writing this article. I am tired of people talking about this issue but not actually putting their words into action. For how has this topic been going on ?? for centuries, but yet, swept under the carpet because no one wants to actually risk their lives for one person. I strongly believe that if we actually walk the talk, more women will actually see that hey, someone was able to lay everything for someone else, why can't I do that just for myself....That is my mission. If you go and read my next article "myself and the future in World Pulse" you may actually get some sort of idea of where I would like to begin. I would like to be part of actual change not a debate team, talking about the problems of this world. I am not saying that talking about an issue is useless but, in this situation I think that there has been enough talk, now action needs to be implemented. I am starting right now and this is my statement. I care about each and every woman, child out there that has been scared by this and no one is ever too lost to be saved.

erinluhmann's picture

Spoken Word

Hi Louise,

When I read your submission, I immediately envisioned you delivering this story on a stage in front of a room full of people. You write with such great emotion that I found myself adding inflection and volume to each line as I read it.

Looking at some of the feedback that others have shared, I'd like to offer one new suggestion. I understand your desire to keep your personal narrative out of this call for action. Often times, however, your audience does not have the same experiences or level of awareness that you have on sex trafficking and slavery. Being able to evoke an emotional response in your readers is key to inspiring action. You mentioned the story of your mother's friend's daughter. Could you include a few more examples? Also, perhaps you could include more detail that would help readers personalize this example. For instance, how old was your mother's friend's daughter? This detail might help any reader with a daughter the same age feel more connected to your cause.

Looking forward to reading more of your submissions!
Best,
Erin

louise.toohey's picture

Great advice

Thank you Erin, I will definitely take what you said into consideration.

Nicole.Staudinger's picture

Thank you

Louise,

Thank you for you very direct and needed call to arms. The urgency with which you speak is absolutely warranted. Sex trafficking is happening in the least suspected of places- I am actually from Portland, Oregon and have been appalled at the recent reporting of sex trafficking in what seems to be the safest of environments. What is heartening, at least in the Portland situation, is that awareness is finally being developed and programs are being put in place to combat the problem. You are absolutely right that more needs to be done, but take heart that the conversation has been started and with the combination of voices such as yours and greater recognition of the issue in the greater media ecosystem, progress can be made.

louise.toohey's picture

I agree

Nicole,

Thank you so much for responding to my post. I live in Newberg not too far from Portland and I know of which you speak of and it is frightening actually. I am aware that actions are being taken to stopping this foul disease. I just wish I was part of the solution not the person in the background figuring out what could be done.

weaverheart's picture

The issue of our time.

HI Louise,

Thank you for bring up this terribly important topic. I think that the issue of Human Trafficking, (including sex trafficking) is being given more attention now than ever before. So you are on to something. There are 27 million people in the world today who are enslaved in one form or another. And there are agencies around the world (and the people working with them), who are working to make a difference. Awareness of the issue is the first step. We know there is a problem. Then we need to deal with both prevention and try to help those who have been victimized. Rescue and rehabilitation. There is so much to be done!
If you are in the US, look into Polaris Project. They run a nationwide Anti-Human Trafficking hotline. They give out information cards to anyone that we can give to people that we suspect may be victims.
They run a pretty broad scope of practice. Check them out. There are things you can do, even as one person, to make a difference. Read up on the issues and see how you feel you are able to contribute in terms of time, or writing letters or just letting others know about the issue.
Here is their web url: http://www.polarisproject.org/

Thank you again for writing about this. It DOES need to stop. But first we all need to know that it is happening!

All the best to you,
Laura

Laura R.

louise.toohey's picture

Oh thank you

I appreciate your willingness to help with this endeavor. I will definitely check them out.

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