|John, sound checking in Thailand|
If you don't know, my husband plays for a band called Sargent Avenue that partners with Traffic Jam, an organization that uses celebrity figures, bands and fans to help end the sex trafficking of children. In June, his band traveled with Traffic Jam to Thailand and Cambodia as part of a tour, documentary and MTV exit show about human trafficking. It's tragic to hear the stories he tells about children and women who are slaves to the whim of whoever will pay the highest dollar. It's heart breaking.
|posing with one of the orphanages|
However, we *all* have the opportunity to be DIY slavery stoppers. I'm a firm believer that it's up to each individual to shape the world. Sometimes we can feel so small and insignificant and wonder if our part really makes a difference, but it truly does. I promise, it does. As we choose to shape our world, we will influence others and (slowly) but surely, change will happen.
|in a thai cafe run by freed women|
B. Support. There are many homes for those who have been saved from trafficking. Often the women sustain themselves and their families through selling wares. Consider purchasing their products for yourself or as a present for others as occasions roll around. Also, consider supporting a child in a high-risk area (southeast asia, for example). Being involved in a child's life in that way may save her from being sold by family members. I know of one called Rahab Ministries that sells beautiful jewelry made by former slaves, now free.
C. Pray. As long as there is a demand for young children and women, they will be trafficked. Pray that hearts will change and people who would normally solicit these areas would understand the dark, cruel world that they are enabling.
If you want to see the video with footage from Thailand, click here. (you may need to be signed into facebook?)
Thanks for reading, if I don't catch up with you tomorrow then we'll be back Tuesday with more DIY goodness.
Ps- John, darling, I am so proud to be your wife. Keep fighting for freedom.