We arrived home from Rome today, after a 24hr through the night drive. We are home 2 days early but in most respects our trip ended as we left Athens. The intense hopscotch from trafficking prevention project to safe home to victim identification project had taken its toll and we did little to chase potential projects to connect to once in Italy. We have so much to process already.
We were a little disapointed as we wanted to have a full stop to our journey but as we said in a twitter yesterday, we ended with a comma, a far more suitable ‘turning page’ to the story.
As with some of the other cities, we took our Love 146 logo and stood in front of the Colosseum in Rome with our inadequate camera and tripod struggling to find its balance in the gravel. 2 girls came up speaking english and offered to take the picture saying ” hey – do you have any literature with you about this (child sex exploitation) stuff? Its something we are really interested in, im a film maker from L.A”.
We exchanged e mail addresses and all i had on me was a copy of the trafficking prevention magazine we launched in Moldova recently.
Awesome, in all the horror of the trafficking stories and issues we had been around on the journey to date, you forget that there is a growing number of people out there with a smouldering conviction to intervene, to act, to engage with the tools that they have at hand and make a difference.
So, no full stop to this journey, just one new page unfolding in the story of this modern abolition movement.