Letter to the Editor: Fight for others
BY Jessica Sherwood, Sapulpa
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
12/12/12 at 3:29 AM
Is there a lack of awareness about global injustice in today's society, or is it simply a lack of motivation?
There are 27 million slaves in the world. This isn't a problem that happens exclusively overseas. According to my research from the Department of Justice, 100,000 to 300,000 girls are at risk for being trafficked in the United States each year.
Last year, I had the opportunity to partner with the nonprofit Truckers Against Trafficking through one of my classes at Oral Roberts University. Although our class was aiding Truckers Against Trafficking in further developing their nonprofit, I came away from the class changed.
We were able to meet with the founder, Lynn Thompson, and her two daughters. They explained to our class that trafficking is prevalent in the United States, specifically in Oklahoma. I realized I didn't have to be helpless. I realized I could support Truckers Against Trafficking by telling everyone everything I know about trafficking. I also knew I could empower people to speak out about trafficking themselves. I put the national hotline number to call when trafficking is suspected in my phone. I may not be the one rescuing the girls directly, but I can personally make a difference.
I can stand for the small efforts made by everyday people, but what I can't stand is people becoming informed and then doing nothing. Don't stand by in apathy and watch other people do the work. Choose to fight for the lives of others today.
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