Sorry, you weren’t the first one to see this new video.
The children in Love146’s survivor care programs saw it first.
They saw it before our CEO, before our Board of Directors, and before our top donors.
This fall, we decided to show an earlier draft of this short film to the youth recovering in our care. We did intentionally make this piece in such a way that it should be viewable by folks of all ages and understandings – whatever you are capable of comprehending is what we find people notice. Which is right and revealing.
When we showed the video the boys and girls in our programs, their reactions were remarkable – they saw themselves.
“This girl is just like us.”
“The girl was imprisoned in suffering.”
“She is using her body in order to live. She was not ok.”
“She did not like what she was being asked to do.”
One boy, who had been sold for sex on the street to pay for school fees, even projected his own story of trafficking into the video:
“The girl is forced to do what she is doing in order to be able to go to school…”
“She saw a light. She walked into the light.”
“When I was in the dark, there were people who were waiting for me in the light. I was given hope.”
“I also saw a light and a road toward the good.”
When a door opens in the lives of those being trafficked, it’s not always clear what’s on the other side. To be real, it could be something even worse. When a person is emancipated from slavery, it’s not all smiles & hugs. Recovery is a rough & long road – a lifetime, arguably. The road goes on and on… or for too many, there isn’t even a clear road of liberation & healing to travel on. That’s part of why Love146 exists.
It’s because of you that there is a road being cleared for children to walk in healing. It’s you and I who must be not only fighting with them the darkness, but also with them in the light. Where the road is not yet paved, where survivors of trafficking cannot feel as confident as the children in Love146’s care that the the open door is something better – that the road is good – we have much work to do. This is a huge motivation as we begin a program for survivors in the United States. When it comes to life after modern-day-slavery, there are too many unclear and rocky paths. With your help, that will continue to change.