Slavery still exists today; so many children in America and across the world are held in bondage, but rather than physical chains many are instead chained by fear, shame, and depression. Many Americans are still unaware that this is the case, but we are thankful that those who do know about it are willing to do something about it. These people, these modern-day abolitionists, are standing arm in arm with us in the fight against child sex trafficking.
Each month we highlight one of our supporters and fellow abolitionists and give them thanks for helping us in the fight. This month, we wish to single out Nancy Gershman, who has been a dedicated supporter our work for years. We asked her to tell us a bit about herself and why she choose to donate to us these past few years, here’s what she said:
For me, giving to ECPAT USA is personal. I have two sons who are now 24 and 27 but when they were little they were given clear instructions:' if an abduction is attempted, run for your lives because you'll never be the same if you come out alive'. The point is, not every child is so lucky: some are sold into sexual slavery; some are runaways living on the streets. ECPAT basically creates an invisible shield around vulnerable children created by an ever-growing ring of responsible adults -- corporations in the hospitality business, protective services and so forth. They also work on a shoestring budget: remarkable! All of us Happy Homes should be giving....