To think that the poor and vulnerable in society are being deceived or taken against their will, bought, sold and transported into slavery. For sexual exploitation, forced begging, sacrificial worship or removal of human organs, as child brides or into sweat shops, circuses, farm labour and domestic servitude. Is in my opinion, one, if not the greatest crime against humanity.
But like so many other crimes against humanity I feel hopeless as an individual to do anything about them, they are so big, so complex for me to do anything about. To ease my sense of hopelessness I sign a petition to join my voice with others to declare “Stop the atrocity of modern day slavery”.
Having signed the petition my conscience is eased, I have made my contribution to the cause. Now, its up to the government to sort this out. If nothing changes it is not my fault by signing the petition the ball is no longer on my side of the court!
A few years later I met Emily in Kahaila cafe (An amazing place) and heard Emily’s story and some stories of women who have been sexually exploited, including Ella’s story. What I heard during that conversation moved me so deeply that I knew I could not carry on as if everything is good in the world. My conscience was no longer appeased by having signed a petition. The ball may no longer be on my side of the court, but I am fooling myself if I expect a return hit from government on this, they have their own game and their own rules. So, I am picking up the ball and walking off the court to play my own game!
People often like to quote the words of Mahatma Gandhi “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
It’s not just these words that made Gandhi a remarkable human being, it’s that he lived these words in extreme adversity that makes him one of the most respected people in modern history.
What is the change that you wish to see? Are you willing to be that change?
If you want to see a change for victims of human trafficking then consider how you can be that change. Join us in raising the funds to begin renting homes for vulnerable women and setting up exciting employment opportunities.