Saturday night we got invited to go to watch a fashion show. It was a fashion show raising awareness about sex trafficking, slave labor and soldier trafficking. I've heard a little about this before but never to this extreme. The fashion show part was amazing. There was a girl from Hawaii and Brazil showing the clothes they made (along with others). I ended up crying my eye's out in the in-between parts. One of the ladies that spoke is over Hope Ranch Ministries. Her name is Diana. You can read her story HERE. Holleigh has recently got to meet up with her about helping in this ministry. Hope Ranch Ministry is opening a house in the area for those women coming out of sex trafficking that have no place to go. We got to meet Diana after. I would love to be able to help out in some way. This whole thing becomes even more scarier having 2 girls. The statistics are heartbreaking.
"In today's world, there are 1.2 million children being sex-trafficked every year and 27 million in slavery."
"Portland, Oregon is the 3rd largest sex trafficking area in the United States."
"There are more than 30 million slaves in the world today,
"Each year fans from around the country converge for the biggest sporting
event in the United States, the Super Bowl. While the Super bowl is an
exciting time for football fans across America, there is a dark side to
the major sporting event as well. It is a time of increased
exploitation for trafficked women and children. A staggering 100,000 –
300,000 people are trafficked each year in the US, and major sporting
events like the Super bowl increase the demand for sexual trafficking up
more than at any other point in human history."
This happens to CHILDREN! I can not even think about it without being disgusted with these people that put children in these situations. I also can not just sit aside and do nothing about this. So, my first steps are educating YOU. It's not just over seas. It's here in the United States. Lets all educate ourselves and find out what we can do in our own town/state to help. Please Join me in praying for these women and children.
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