The Courier-Journal – Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Thank you for republishing the article from USA Today, “Sex trafficking in the USA hits close to home.” This is not a widely known issue; and yet, it is important information to share.
When we announced that Carissa Phelps (www.carissaphelps.com), attorney, advocate, author of “Runaway Girl” and a survivor of sex trafficking, would be sharing her story at Family Scholar House’s annual luncheon this month, we were surprised by the number of people who thought this was something that only happened in other countries.
This article and stories like Carissa’s remind us that desperate and vulnerable young people in our own community are susceptible to becoming victims of human trafficking. Runaways, homeless youth and those sold by their families into slavery are often invisible to us. Like Asia Graves in the USA Today article, getting out requires getting help from people aware of what is happening. Through education and awareness, we can work together to protect our youth from sexual exploitation and slavery so that we spare the next “Carissa” and the next “Asia” from these horrors and, instead, offer them opportunities for education, support services and the chance to rebuild their self-esteem. We must open our eyes to this growing problem.
Family Scholar House