At Love146, every day we’re working with kids whose traffickers used social media to find and exploit them. The pain we’ve seen too many youth and families go through is devastating, unacceptable, and preventable.
After years of experiencing poverty and suffering abuse, Kayla was introduced to her trafficker by friends at age 13. She developed substance dependencies to survive exploitation and struggled with thoughts of wanting to die. Kayla was eventually referred to our Survivor Care. Some time later, she reflected,
This exact week 20 years ago I stood in a brothel with undercover investigators, looking through a glass wall where there were young girls wearing red dresses. Each girl had a number pinned to her dress that corresponded to menus. The children sat motionless, watching cartoons on a crackling TV… except one girl. She was staring at us with a piercing gaze.
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As a supporter of Love146, we know you care about children. You care about human beings. And this is all too much. The recent massacres at Tops supermarket, Geneva Presbyterian Church, and Robb Elementary School are gutting. We wanted to acknowledge the impact that all of this has on our daily lives. This weight is being felt atop the daily news of global atrocities as well as events in our own families & communities. Please make sure you have the support you need to grieve, stay safe, and remain healthy. Know that the part of you that feels overwhelmed and can’t hold it all isn’t the part that is inhuman — it’s the part that is profoundly human.
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When the McCain Institute and the Administration for Children and Families asked our President & Co-founder Rob Morris to give the keynote speech on “Why Prevention Education” the September, 2019 National Roundtable on Safeguarding Children and Prevention Education, he thought it might be the shortest speech ever. He boiled it down to: “Because Prevention Education will create a safer world for children.” Simple, right? But getting there is the hard part.
Perpetrators we all read about in the headlines have hurt children now in our care. When I read these headlines, I always ask myself, “Where are the children?” One of those children is Maya, who is quoted above about a man in one of those headlines. When we say “survivor” we mean a lot of things. But one of the things we mean is that some don’t make it out alive. Maya made it out alive.
The documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” has appeared in the midst of a resurgence of interest in Mr. Rogers, fueled by a growing hunger for kindness in a world that has become increasingly angry and cynical. If you know anything about Mr. Rogers, you know his main theme was about the neighborhood — and about who the neighbor is. It’s a value that the children in our care remind us of on a regular basis.
Proximity inspires action. The closer we are in proximity to the actual people affected by injustice, abuse, or harm, the more we are impacted and the deeper we engage. Oftentimes a human rights issue, such as the trafficking and exploitation of children, seems “far away” or feels like something that happens “over there.”