Dear victims of human trafficking,
I'm sorry if it feels like nobody is paying attention to you, and you probably feel very alone. I'm not really sure where you are in the world, or how you got there but I want you to know that it breaks my heart to hear of situations like what you are or have gone through. You are loved by so many people, and you are definitely not forgotten!
Again, I'm not really sure how you got into this situation, if it's that you have chosen to be here, or you've got sucked into it. It may have started with a friend or someone you trusted, or it could have been a person in a position of power. What I do know, is that you don't deserve to be in this situation. I’m sure it is very hard to believe, and it will take some time for you to overcome all that you’ve gone through. However, trust me that you really do deserve so much more than what you're experiencing right now. I have faith that you can overcome this obstacle. I believe that you are bigger than all of this!
As I think about all of the possibilities of the things that you may have been through or are going through I can’t even imagine going through these things or being in the situation that you are in.
I realize that trafficking means a lot of things. Trafficking involves transporting someone into a situation of exploitation like forced labor, forced marriage, prostitution, and even organ removal. There are many names for this kind of exploitation—”human trafficking” and “modern slavery” being some. The important thing to remember is that you don't have to keep this “label,” you don't have to live like this for the rest of your life! There are ways that you can get help to move forward from this situation. There are many churches and organizations that can help you find a way out. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. You were made for so much more.
I think its very important for you to know the statistics for human trafficking. Right now traffickers are robbing a mind-blowing number of 24.9 million people from their freedom and basic human dignity. That is about three times the population of New York City. There are more slaves now, then ever before. Victims usually spend around 20 months in forced labor. The prime motive for such outrageous abuse is simple—MONEY. Human trafficking earns global profits of around $150 billion a year for traffickers. $99 billion of which comes from commercial exploitation. With 150 billion dollars, you could buy many of the world's stock markets outright.
The United States is ranked as one of the worst countries in the world for human trafficking. Children in foster care, homeless youth, undocumented immigrant children, children in broken families and those with substance abuse problems were especially at risk to fall into the human trafficking trap.
Remember your worth and don't let people take advantage of you. Refuse to be around people that make you feel worthless because I know for a fact that you aren't worthless. You are priceless. Don't ever settle for a life that is less than you deserve. I hope this helped you become stronger and helped you notice that you are not alone.
You are so loved!