I don’t want January to end without talking about something that is important to me and that I believe needs to be held in everyone’s mind and hearts.
January is designated as Human Trafficking Prevention month.
I spent my entire career in counseling working with women and children victims of physical and sexual violence. Additionally, my own grandfather as a child was an indentured servant working under horrendous conditions for many years. So I openly admit, this issue is clearly a personal priority. Still, the fact that such conditions exist present moral and ethical challenges that can’t go unaddressed. But like all fundamental issues that require massive change, this cannot be the focus of an isolated few, it needs the focus of many.
It is, of course, not a problem we can give a moment or a month’s attention to and be one and done. This is an ongoing issue that requires our attention, our dedicated commitment, and our action.
Obviously nobody reading my blog needs a lecture from me. But I do want to offer you a few statistics to think about and then encourage you to take ten minutes of your day and watch a video.
- Over 40+ MILLION people are caught in forced labor, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude and forced marriage worldwide. (information source)
- Human trafficking generates $150 BILLION profit annually (information source)
I encourage you to watch this video which offers both information and ideas of how to combat the issue.
For more information, here are additional site you may wish to check out.
- Polaris Project is a U.S. based organization, and I’m touched by their choice of name. The use of the Polaris (the North Star) to help slaves navigate their way to freedom has been referenced in many narratives and songs, including information offered by Harriet Tubman.
Many years ago I wrote a vision for the future and one of the things I’m still holding is that we will live to see a time when gratitude, beauty, grace, kindness, and inspired action are everyday currencies and all beings know they are greatly loved and infinitely supported. I believe we have a long way to go, but we all have our part to play.