“Nine point four million men come to Thailand every year for sex.” My simple Internet journey to double check this statistic from Noel Yeatts led to the discovery of more shocking statistics about sex-trafficking. The number of pedophiles or sexually broken people demanding to satiate their sex drive with sickening perversions and barbaric acts forced upon another human—many of which are innocent children—is out of control.
To combat this evil and to rescue these innocent victims from the dark creepy crevices of our world, there are many successful non-profits, such as Women at Risk International, StreetLight USA, Manasseh Project, and Shared Hope International. I have had the privilege of working with these particular organizations through my art called The Scarlet Cord: Healing for Sex-trafficked Children. But, unfortunately, the numbers of trafficked victims aided by these hard-working, dedicated organizations is so small compared to the hundreds of thousands that are still held in bondage.
Because millions of tourist are soliciting elicit sex in just one country alone, it will take a united front of non-profits, law makers, law enforcers, community leaders, and even average citizens—like you and me—to eradicate this blight on our watch. Like the abolitionists of past centuries, it will also require great sacrifice and resolve to demand, and assure, freedom for all. Meanwhile, as these tireless organizations work to free one child at a time, and The Scarlet Cord continues to raise awareness and encourage healing, remember Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful words: “No one is free until we are all free.”
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