10 September 2008

A little girl

I heard a story this week that has rocked me and I can’t get the image out of my head. It has angered me and put a fire under me to try and do even more because things need to change. I came across a group called Love 146 that is also trying to end child sex slavery. I wondered about the number 146 and it’s meaning. The co-founders of Love 146 went undercover into a brothel that was selling children for sex. Here is their story :

"...standing shoulder to shoulder with predators in a small room. Looking at little girls through a pane of glass. All of the girls wore matching red dresses. They stood, blankly watching cartoons on tv. They were vacant, shells. There was no light in their eyes, no life. To be missing this was shattering. This light has been stolen, this life has been stolen. She is raped each night. Seven, ten, fifteen times each night. She is raped. She is thirteen, eleven, five-years-old. Cigarette burns cover her back. Scars we cannot see, cannot conceive of, cover her. Everywhere. Envelop her. There was one girl. One girl who wouldn’t watch the cartoons. Number 146. She was looking beyond the glass. She was staring out at us. Her piercing stare. There was still fight left in her eyes. There was still life left in her...

I can’t even imagine what was going on in her head at that moment. She didn’t ask for this. She doesn’t deserve to be there. I admire what Love 146 is doing and am so glad to be a part of Eastside Women of Purpose, also trying to eliminate this horror.

Tee Off Against Trafficking is an event raising money to stop kids from ever being kidnapped or sold into slavery in the first place. We have been asking for people to golf but now I am boldly asking you to donate. Anything helps. Please go to www.TeeOffAgainstTrafficking.org and make a donation so we can put an end to child sex slavery as soon as possible.

If this story doesn’t give you enough of a visual. Here is a video…

 

We really CAN do something about this. Please help.

3 comments:

marisabutterworth said...

I am totally crying right now. That is a beautiful, horrifying and inspiring story. I will keep working!! Thanks for the reminder.

Sadie said...

Thanks Amy, this is good...it never stops putting a lump in my throat!

Ashley Julian said...

I just bought a CD from Ten Sheckel Shirt who co-founded Love146. I think part of the proceeds from the CD sales goes toward their mission.