What I have learned about human trafficking.

Since becoming the PR intern for Pam in August, I have learned and developed a deep sympathy for those who are trapped in to human trafficking. Before I started interning I really did not know much about human trafficking at all. One of the first times I really became aware was when Pam told me the NC is top 10 in the nation for human trafficking. After I became aware of this my prospective changed, I would be doing the newsletter looking for articles to use and I had no idea how often it occurs. It bothered me that I didn’t have to look far to find these cases, and it bothered me that websites would allow the use of making women something they can advertise. People don’t realize that these women are completely manipulated and abused, you hear cases all the time where the women thinks their pimp is their boyfriend. I also learned that good people like Pam are making people aware of the human trafficking hotline, which if the person calls some volunteers will actually go get the victim. I also learned that it’s not all about sex trafficking, slave labor is just as big of an issue. Companies like Godiva use slave labor and sweat shops to save on production, but it’s something you would never have heard about unless someone told you. Overall my experience has been great because although the issue bothers me, I’m glad I am aware and becoming active because I feel that God was very clear when he said, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.” I feel that if we can live our lives this way we can take huge strides in human trafficking like we already are.

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