Not for Sale
This is a post that I've been meaning to write about for a while now. It's not the feel good fashion posts that I often do, but it's something that is vital to be educated about. It's important to have these conversations so that we engage in enacting positive change.
I shared in a post earlier that I would be discussing more than just fashion in my blog. I will also be using this platform as a means to have necessary conversations of enacting social change. A lot of people get overwhelmed by talking about large issues, because we think, "What can I do?" Don't let the problem's size prevent you from acting. There is action for you to take.
The FBI has identified the Twin Cities as one of the nation's 13 largest centers for child prostitution, and by very conservative measures, a November 2010 study found that, each month in Minnesota, at least 213 girls are sold for sex an average of five times per day through the Internet and escort services. This number does not include hotel, street or gang activity. This same study found that on any given weekend night in Minnesota, 45 girls under age 18 are sold for sex through the Internet and escort services.
This issue goes to the heart of what it means to have basic freedom. No one should have their humanity taken from them, and sex - trafficking attempts to do just that. This goes to the core of human rights abuse.
This is a problem in Minnesota, as well as around the world. What is more disgusting is how marginalized women are especially targeted including native women in our community. This especially hits home with me. It is vital for me to be living in such a way that I am positively working to better my people's freedom and community. So what can we do? Join with others who are educated on this issue to enact change. Often times we are bombarded by the news with constant issue after issue. It can make us become numb to terrible news. Don't let that happen to you. Don't let it stop you from using your freedom and power to do something. If one of us is not free, then none of us are free.
An event to attend to become more educated about this issue is Not For Sale: Standing Up to Sex Trafficking on Thursday February, 15th from 6:30 - 8:30 at the Eisenhower Community Center Theater. Here you will hear from a panel of local organizations and law enforcement agencies about how they are combating sex trafficking. Learn ways to spot the signs of trafficking and what to do if you suspect a person is being trafficked. Here you will explore ways to be an ally in the fight against sex trafficking. This event is free and open to the public.
If you can't make that event there are many other related events in the Twin Cities. Such as a march hosted on Wednesday, February 14th to raise awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People's. This will take place from 11 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. We will be meeting at the Minneapolis American Indian Center
1530 East Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, MN. 55404. All are welcome.
There is something you can do. There is a place for you to join with others to enact change. Join me.