“I was trafficked for three years starting when I was 14 years old. He trafficked me for three years, the whole time I was going to school and living at home. But no one ever helped me; no one ever asked me what was going on. If someone had cared enough to just ask me, maybe I would have never been a victim.” – Taylor
As unsettling as this story may be, the chance of human trafficking happening to someone you know is even more horrifying and unfortunately all too real. What is sex trafficking? It is the world’s second-largest criminal enterprise grossing more than $150 billion annually from the profiteering of the manipulation, coercion, and force of people into performing sexual acts for the profit of the trafficker. It is modern-day sexual slavery. The average of victims is 14-17 years.
It must be stopped, and you can help by promoting awareness.
No one understands the lives of youth better than their peers, and no one can reach youth more successfully than other youth. The Just Ask Trafficking Prevention Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the eradication of human trafficking, understands this and has created a student advisory council to enable youth leaders to mentor, promote awareness, and help prevent human trafficking in our communities.
Do you want to help save lives, and make a difference? If you are interested in being part of the solution, please fill out the web application and attend our first informational meeting on Sunday, August 18, at 4 p.m. We will be meeting at Truro Church, located at 10520 Main Street in Fairfax, VA., 22030. A light dinner will be provided. We hope to see you there.
For more information about Just Ask and to submit an application, click here.