Friday, February 4, 2011

I have been tossing around the idea of starting a blog for a while now, but I haven’t quite been able to commit. Now with the start of a month long project I figure that it if I don’t start one now I never will.

I have decided to wear the same dress for one month. Why? Because I want to join my sweet friend Amy Seiffert in her journey of wearing the same dress for six months to raise awareness for women who are being trafficked and are trapped in sexual slavery. Amy is also raising money for The Daughter Project, a local, nonprofit organization that helps free women from their bondage in slavery. Before I talk more about The Daughter Project here are some facts about Human Trafficking:

· The U.S Government estimates that nearly 30,000,000 people worldwide are suffering from human trafficking.
· Trafficking for labor & sexual exploitation is probably the second most profitable activity in the world for organized crime and nearly 20,000 people are trafficked into the U.S. for labor or sexual exploitation every year.
· Youth who are trafficked come from urban, suburban and rural areas & are recruited at schools, after-school programs, malls, bus & train stations and truck stops.
·  The Ohio Trafficking Task Force has estimated that there are nearly 2,000 victims from Ohio.
· Many of the girls are runaways and the vast majority come from homes where they were already suffering from abuse and have parents that were likely addicted to drugs.
·Toledo, Ohio has been cited by the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as a top U.S. recruitment city for trafficking children into commercial sexual exploitation.

In the midst of tragedy there are people who care and are trying to help these women. Here’s some information about The Daughter Project:

To help girls recover from the trauma of human sex trafficking and to help prevent them from being trafficked through community education. The foundation of this help will be Godly, biblical and holistic.
God is the creator of everything. God is the redeemer of His creation through His son, Jesus Christ. God indwells believers to transform them into His agents of redemption on the earth through His Holy Spirit. The Bible is Jesus Christ in written form. We will strive to operate our organization in a way that reflects His life of perfection and grace, for His glory and for the redemption of the girls we serve in love.
To provide holistic healing services in an extremely safe, home-like environment to girls who have been freed from human sex trafficking. The services will include; spiritual mentoring, abuse & addiction counseling, health & nutrition education, medical/dental/vision care, legal counsel, and family/friend restoration. This help will be provided by caring & competent professionals & volunteers. In addition, we will offer education, job and housing assistance.

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