Human Trafficking is a very real issue that does not just affect young women “over there”. I know many of you probably think that as a civilized Western country, their is no way this could be happening on our soil. Unfortunately, this is not true. Human trafficking touches every corner of our world, and incidents have been reported right here in each of the 50 states. Does that make it any more real? I bet it does.
UNICEF has created an initiative to combat human trafficking by mobilizing communities to fight back. Actress Angie Harmon echoes my sentiments of shock and passion to end this horrible practice. She was recently named a UNICEF Ambassador, focusing her energies on this initiative.
After learning about the horrifying practice of child trafficking both in the United States and abroad, I knew I had to do something about it. That’s what drew me to UNICEF. I believe that ZERO children should be forced into prostitution or made to work, especially at dangerous jobs. I look forward to working with UNICEF to help reach a day when every child has a safe and healthy childhood.
– Angie Harmon, UNICEF Ambassador and Actress
Imagine your child being exploited to work in dangerous jobs for little or no pay, denied the opportunity for education or even forced to prostitute their bodies. The thought of any of these things happening to my children or any innocent children is as heartbreaking as it is maddening.
If you want to help, UNICEF has produced a document highlighting 20 ways that you can make a difference in your community. These range from staying informed, mentoring young girls, volunteering, and writing to your Senator. Many more ideas are all included on the UNICEF website so make sure to check it out if you believe in ZERO exploited children.
Join the conversation and make your voice heard by following @EndTraffick and @UNICEFUSA . You can tweet a message of support using hashtag #EndTrafficking and connect with others on Twitter. It’s time for a change.
I am part of the Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.