CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING. There’s no nice way to say it. No euphemism for it. It makes us uneasy, uncomfortable. And it should.
It should bother us.
It should bother us because we are human. It should bother us because it’s the darkest crime in existence. It should bother us because the victims are children, innocent and pure with no way to fight back and no voice.
And the numbers aren’t small. It’s estimated that 2 million CHILDREN are being trafficked for sex right now. That’s about 10 times more than the entire population of Salt Lake City. That’s enough children to fill Rio Tinto Stadium over 98 times.
Sex trafficking and the sexual abuse it renders is a darkness that’s hard to fathom.
But it’s also a darkness that can no longer be dismissed. We can deny it, plug our ears, block our newsfeeds, and pretend the world is how it should be, but that cannot change what is real, what is happening.
This is happening.
Child sex trafficking is comparable to darkness. Darkness makes us live in fear. Darkness can enfold around us, crushing the embers of hope and filling our hearts with despair. But even the greatest darkness cannot deny the light of a single flame. There will always be light. Darkness cannot remain once in the presence of light; and for this cause, the light is Operation Underground Railroad. (O.U.R.)
In less than 2 years since it began, O.U.R. has rescued 419 victims of sexual trafficking and arrested 192 traffickers around the globe. O.U.R is composed of former U.S. Navy SEALs, CIA operatives, law enforcement officers, medical personnel and military veterans who work with local governments to find and arrest traffickers while they also rescue those being trafficked.
Spreading awareness of this epidemic is one of the best ways we can fight it. For this reason, we have decided to throw the Rescue Run 5k. It will be Saturday, May 21st in Lehi, Utah. 100% of the profits are going directly to O.U.R. Our goals are to raise $10,000 while increasing awareness of child sex trafficking, and bringing the community together to fight for this cause.
Join us. Support O.U.R. Help end child sex trafficking.
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