Freeing Youth from Sex Trafficking
Ten years ago, not many people had heard about human trafficking. I certainly hadn’t and to be honest, I didn’t want to admit human trafficking existed. But the more I learned about it, I knew I couldn’t turn a blind eye to what was happening. I had a choice: ignore what I saw on the news or get involved. I chose to see the victims of human trafficking, really see them, and help them find their voice.
I knew I was only one person and there was a lot of work to be done. So I partnered with Traffick911, an organization which had extensive experience rescuing and restoring the voiceless victims of the trafficking industry. We worked to establish a rescue ranch for victims. The ranch provided a safe haven for restoration and healing, combining my love of nature with hope that victims would find some semblance of peace in their own private sanctuary.
Because I’m an educator by profession and nature, when Traffick911 decided to expand their prevention training to first responders and Homeland Security, we worked tirelessly together to support this effort.
Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, generating more than $150 billion USD every year. So what can one girl from Texas do to make a dent in that number? I don’t know how many lives have been impacted by my involvement with Traffick911, but I do know inaction was not a choice.