On Human Trafficking Awareness Day, let’s be sure we know the signs of trafficking. Take notice of the following:
- A teenager traveling with an older man or woman who is not a relative
- Teenager with a tattoo with someone’s name
- A chronic runaway
- Teenager suddenly possessing brand name purse, jewelry, or multiple phones
Awareness means educating ourselves on preventative measures. Make It Zero was written with the sole intent of stirring up everyone to do something to make a difference in the lives of at risk children. Read the book, and find your pathway to safeguarding every child. As men, it is essential a passionate pursuit of purity and leading other men to avoid any “appearance of evil”, which means not participating in anything that promotes the sex industry. Pornography and strip clubs are feeders into the demand for exploitation of children.
The greatest thing we can do is live a life of awareness and alertness to children around us. Let’s have a lifestyle of awareness, not just on one day or one month of the year. An indicator that this lifestyle is beginning to happen is seen in the most recent news story of the Uber driver in California. He realized something wasn’t right and said something, which led to the rescue of a 16-year-old trafficking victim. Let’s make Human Trafficking Awareness more than a day, but an every day lifestyle of care and action.
-Mary Frances Bowley