Ignorance is Not Innocence

When it comes to the abduction of children and forcing them into slavery by sex traffickers, we can no longer keep our heads in the sand and claim ignorance. A claim of ignorance is not the same as innocence. The innocence of children is at stake. Humanity is at risk. It’s time to wake up to this issue. It’s time to take a stance.

Children around the world are targets of these heinous criminals. Sex trafficking of children in the U.S. is growing by leaps and bounds. A recent Time Magazine article reports, “Bills on the issue of human trafficking have been introduced in the Senate, including a bill from Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called the Combat Human Trafficking Act, aimed at those who engage in sex acts with victims of trafficking. The bill, introduced Jan. 8, would also ramp up law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute buyers and increase victim services. In a statement to TIME, Sen. Portman called human trafficking the “human rights cause of our time.”

The same article enlightens us with a shocking statistic: “An estimated 100,000 to 300,000 American children are at risk of becoming child sex trafficking victims every year, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.”

Awareness is the first step toward a solution. We are being made aware. We cannot continue allowing children to lose their innocence and be subject to lives of slavery. If you have children, imagine if your child vanished and was forced into being a sex slave. Every child represents the innocence of all humanity. Let’s reclaim our innocence. Let’s protect our children. Let’s join together and claim “I AM A FORCE4GOOD.”