In 2009, my eyes were opened to the reality of modern slavery. Through Love 146, an organization working towards the abolition of human sex slavery, I learned the startling statistics behind this issue. Every 2 minutes, a child is sold into the 2nd most lucrative industry in the world, next only to drugs.
In 2012, after moving to Chicago, I ironically found out about the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation while attending a Love 146 event. Since then, I have joined the Young Activists Council of this amazing organization, active in prevention, policy reform, community engagement, and legal services.
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, so I partnered with CAASE to spread awareness of trafficking by designing a T-shirt, now available on my Etsy store. 100% of the proceeds from this 'Free To Be Human' shirt goes directly to CAASE!
When sold or pushed into the industry of sex trafficking, these victims lose their right to be a human being. They are robbed of the simple pleasures of life, their freedom is no more, and they slowly start to become a shell of their former selves. Slavery was supposedly abolished in America in 1865 , but unfortunately it continues to happen world wide.
If I ask myself, "what am I free to be?", I am happy to say, I am free to be loved. What are you free to be as a human being?