The issue is real and so are the people. Every day, more people (including children) are forced, defrauded or coerced into labor or sexual exploitation. It is estimated that trafficking generates around $32 billion annually which makes the business the 2nd most lucrative crime in the world.
Two children are sold every minute of every day. The primary factors of commercial sexual exploitation of children are prostitution, pornography, trafficking and sex tourism. Fear, violence and forced drug use are often part of this slavery equation.
What can you do to help? This Easter, you can make a difference through your support of an organization called Love146. (Watch the Love146 Video)
How Love146 began: In 2002 co-founders Rob Morris, Desirea Rodgers, Lamont Hiebert and Caroline Hahm traveled to South East Asia to witness firsthand the atrocity of child sex slavery and the hope of abolition and restoration. While there, Rob and Lamont went undercover with professional investigators into a brothel. In that brothel, they witnessed little girls standing behind a wall of glass, each wore a matching red dress with a number pinned to her chest; they were watching children’s cartoons on small television sets. Men were purchasing these girls by the number pinned to her dress. As Rob and Lamont looked at these children watching cartoons they were struck by the eyes of each child. Their eyes seemed empty, without spark of life, like robots. And then there was #146. The only one not watching cartoons, she was staring back through the glass with fire and fight left in her eyes, there was still life there. In her eyes Rob the founders of Love146 found their calling. (Watch the Love146 Video)
This Easter, you can help put an end to the pain that at least one child feels. Through Love146’s Send an Easter Card program, you can send a loved one, friend or neighbor an ecard and make a donation to Love146. It’s that simple.
For more information on Love146, go to www.love146.org
To send an Easter ecard and make a donation, click here.
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