A few months ago, the company I work at, Central Creative Group, started a new campaign with Teen Rescue. Teen Rescue had started a new division in their company called FACT: Fight Against Child Trafficking. They contracted us to create a brochure for them and by designing this material for them my eyes were opened to this growing problem here in America. As most know, I am not politically active nor do I even watch the news so I usually find out weeks after any catastrophe has occurred. Which then leads into the fact that I don’t even know about long standing problems either. Like child trafficking. In my little bubble here in California, I never considered that these problems occur around me. Those problems happened far away from my little world, not in my country, not in my city. But that is far from the truth. From working on this project though I learned that there are 20,000 children under the age of 18 living as slaves and prostitutes in the United States. What these children go through is so awful. 80% are runaways who are then taken in as a prostitute. They are selected as children who already feel neglected and will resort to anything to gain acceptance, but then the nightmare truly begins. The average age of a sex slave is 13 years old. Thirteen years old. Then their life expentancy once enslaved is only 7-10 years. Meaning that if I was taken as a sexual slave at the age of 13, I would be dead by now.
Teen Rescue has set up a facility aimed to transition these girls, the few that are recovered, and allow them to be a child. A child in the way that God created them to be. They can truly be loved. And cared for. I feel blessed to know that I have friends and I am loved by them. It breaks my heart that many of these girls will never know friends like I have.
I am not asking you to donate to this cause, I am only spreading the word. I didn’t know these facts. I had no clue. So I am just letting you know. Hopefully to stop the ignorance from spreading.
Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless;
maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.
Rescue the weak and needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
Here’s some images of the work we did with Teen Rescue and a new campaign called Fight with $5.