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 Constance Broz, 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:
As a woman and mother of two beautiful children, I have great reverence for the way in which the sacred manifests itself through human sexuality. How could one not marvel at the wonder of Life as it express itself thru matter! However, from the moment that we separate body from soul, mind from heart, we begin to violate the sacred dimension of our humanity; and that is exactly what human trafficking does to both victims and criminals.
Twenty five years ago, my husband and I backpacked thru Asia and witnessed in Bangkok how children lives were tragically destroyed. It was frightening to observe how little was done at the time to even bring up the issue, let alone do anything about it! I clearly remember telling myself that at some point I would do something to fight against this tragic reality.
Years passed but when our family was in a position to make donations, I searched the internet and was relieved to discover that a few organizations were now addressing this tragedy. I was first attracted by ECPAT Thailand due to my past traveling experience but shortly afterward I had the chance to meet Carol Smolenski and was impressed by her incredible dedication and drive. It also became clearer that changing consciousness at home would have a significant impact worldwide which led us to support wholeheartedly ECPAT USA . Bringing the subject in the political arena is key and that is what ECPAT is doing, State by State.
We may not be able to resolve the root cause of human trafficking in our lifetime, over one million children are trafficked worldwide primarily for sexual purposes, but at least we are talking about it today. Courageous voices are being heard, giving hope to the millions trapped in this inhuman horror. So giving financially and piercing the veil of silence by talking to others about ECPAT's work is what as a mother, daughter and human being I am thankful to be part of.
There is now a response to the despair!
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