Category: Sex Trafficking
Friends/Family! I exceeded my Tread on Trafficking goal this year and it’s because you guys are awesome. It’s not because I walked a whole bunch, because I lost track of my miles in early to mid June and I have no idea what my final count was. But I know you’ll forgive me since you didn’t give because of my walking but because you care about victims of sex trafficking, and because you’re awesome.
As stated above, I know you gave because you care about the work Love146 is doing all over the world. But I also know you gave to my specific campaign because you care about me to some degree, and that means a lot to me. So even though you didn’t give $550 to me personally, you did give $550 with me partly in mind, so I feel … Read More »
For the past few years there’s been a big push to do everything locally. We’re all encouraged to buy from local retailers and eat food from local farms, and especially to support local causes and non-profit organizations. Many non-profit organizations tout on their websites and in their literature that all money raised will stay right here at home and help our neighbors. I understand the value in doing so many things locally, but I get caught up on the donation part. I know I’m supposed to help my neighbors like everyone keeps telling me to do, but who are my neighbors?
When I read on the internet about girls in southeast Asia getting abused in brothels and learn of their needs, do they become my neighbors? When I read in a magazine about women in eastern Europe getting trafficked to the … Read More »
The “146” part of Love146’s name comes from the number a little girl was wearing on her chest one night in a brothel. The people who would found Love146 were visiting the brothel, trying to learn more about sex trafficking. The girls that were for sale that night were behind a piece of glass. The soon-to-be rapists stood on the other side of the glass and chose which girl they wanted, indicating their choice by stating the number on her chest. Girl 146 stood out to the Love146 founders because of the fight they saw in her. You can read a more detailed and eloquent explanation of the inspiration behind Love146’s name here.
A few years after first seeing Girl 146 one of the founders of Love146, Rob Morris, was asked what he would say to that little girl then, after … Read More »
Things you start thinking about after watching what some people might consider too many episodes of Law & Order on Netflix:
Alibis. Todd was gone on a recent Saturday morning so taking care of Steve, our dog, was left to me. I took him for a short walk and fed him and returned him to his crate. When Todd got home he asked what time the dog had been fed and walked, and I couldn’t remember the exact time. I thought to myself that I needed to start paying attention to what times I do things in case I ever get questioned by police, since fuzzy timelines are a red flag for them. And then, on what I think was the same Saturday, we got home after church and it was dark and stormy. Steve needed a walk though, so Todd … Read More »
I’m still raising money for Love146 by Treading on Trafficking. I haven’t been talking about it much in real life or on the interwebs because it’s so uncomfortable to ask people for money. When I went to Love146’s conference nearly two years ago, Rob Morris, a co-founder of Love146, said a few words to the attendees at the closing of the conference. He said that when people ask what it’s going to take to end sex trafficking his answer is, “for all of us to not suck.” And I feel like I kind of suck when I’m scared off from asking people in my life to donate to help end sex trafficking because it makes me uncomfortable.
So, will you please donate to my Tread on Trafficking campaign? There are people who most definitely do not suck who need funding to … Read More »
Miles Walked/Rode/Hula’ed: 10.67
Money Raised: $150
As I mentioned previously, I’m participating in Tread on Trafficking again this year. It officially started May 1, so I’m a little late in writing this post. I’m going to blame it on the pieces I was finishing for Lucinda’s and Steve Holt, our new puppy. Yes, I got Todd a puppy as an early birthday gift. Yes, I’m an awesome wife. Yes, he’s a sweet puppy, but he’s exhausting. And I’ve never talked about bowel and bladder movements so much in my life.
Here’s a picture of Steve Holt the night we brought him home, when he was called Lebron. (He had two other names before we landed on Steve Holt, but we have to stick with this one because we got an engraved dog tag at PetSmart this weekend with his name on it.)
Anyway, I’m … Read More »
“I got to take out what was hidden in my heart.”
– Trafficking survivor, India
Recently an aid blogger wrote about how she often gets asked what the best way is to get involved with a cause, and she answers: give money. It doesn’t seem exciting to us here in America, but it’s what’s needed.
There are groups of smart, capable, honest people fighting good fights all over the world. But to continue to do that they need more resources, particularly money. Somebody’s money paid for the rescue operation that led to the freedom of the trafficking survivor I quoted above, and paid for the care she received afterwards that made her feel safe. That is exciting.
Love146‘s Tread on Trafficking is about to begin, and I’m going to be participating as I did last year. Some of you were very generous last year and supported me, and I … Read More »
“After the punter* left it [the payment] seemed like such a small amount. I would look at it, contemplate it, and then hide it somewhere in my house. It never got used for anything worthwhile, despite all my reasonings earlier in the day. It would disappear as fast as it got there, on air, seemingly, or I would leave it hidden and forget about it. I could never say for sure where it went. I would never have used it on anything worthwhile, or special or anything that I actually cared about because I couldn’t put that money into something good. I couldn’t put that money into something I really cared about. Sometimes it went towards my bills or rent; necessities. Once I had it, I had no use for it, except for how it made me feel for that … Read More »
I recently found a new blog that’s written by a former sex worker.* It’s not a fun or easy read, but it is so fascinating. The blog’s writer sold herself through a website that allowed clients to review the prostitutes, and a recent post discussed why giving the johns a chance to openly discuss and criticize the women was such a bad idea. (Not that she thinks any part of prostitution is a good idea, but in this post at least, she really had it out for the reviews in particular.)
In one review she singled out, the reviewer complained that the prostitute didn’t speak very good English and didn’t seem “interested” in what he’d paid her to do. The writer was really upset with this john (and, by extension, all johns who’d made similar comments in the Review section) because … Read More »
My mother said when we were sold, we must ask God to make our masters good, and I asked who He was. She told me, He sit up in the sky. When I was sold, I had a severe, hard master, and I was tied up in the barn and whipped. Oh! Till the blood run down the floor and I asked God, ‘why don’t you come and relieve me? — if I was you and you’se tied up so, I’d do it for you.’
-Sojourner Truth, Address to the Friends of Human Progress Meeting, October 1856
January 11 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. In honor of this day, Love 146 has been posting quotes about slavery, like the one above, to their blog every day this month. You should go to their blog and read all of them, because they’re … Read More »