As I was riding the T I looked up and glanced at an advertisement, which stated “The Sex Trade Destroys Lives…” As I read the description, “Seductive Blonde Angel 19” I became overwhelmed in a cloud of anger and guilt. Why were girls and women in Boston being sex trafficked? Why is modern slavery allowed to exist? Why was I not fully aware of these issues? As these questions built up in my mind I finally arrived home and slept with these thoughts still lingering. Listening to the news and hearing about cases of domestic violence, rape, sex trafficking and politicians fighting over birth control policies I realized once again that women are victims of modern slavery all over the world, and many are unaware. After coming to terms with the fact that anger wouldn’t resolve any problems for women being sex trafficked, I made a decision to educate myself on this issue and do something to help. I went to my computer and searched “sex trafficking in Boston” and discovered a number of groups in addition to Amirah who are addressing the issue of human trafficking and helping women reclaim their lives. I was happy to see these shelters, but at the same time sad when I realized these women had been trafficked in neighborhoods twenty minutes from my house.
I chose to educate myself and now I am more aware, but realize I have much more to learn. I recommend that everyone go out and buy or borrow “Half the Sky” from their local library. In the coming month I hope to learn more about sex trafficking in Boston and continue to spread the word on how we can all help end modern slavery.
Peace and Love