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How do you write about something that people are afraid to see? How to you expose an undermining, but insidious, practice? How do you change peoples’ minds? How does a civilization heal from the wounds of abuse?
Human trafficking is the organized abuse of men, women, and children who are subjugated into sexual and labor exploitation for a financial gain that earns it’s exploiters more than $150 billion each year. It is the second largest and fastest growing underground criminal activity worldwide, with 17,500 foreign nationals trafficked into the U.S. alone.
Trafficking largely preys upon a demographic of people who are downtrodden and are struggling to meet their needs for food and shelter. It is physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually torturous. The organization of traffickers comprises a wide variety of people from many different demographics, but share in common a flagrant disregard for human life. The trade in human life requires little start-up costs, and provides minimal risks for punishment, a large demand, high profits, and a commodity that is inexhaustible.
If we are to end the pervasive abuse within our culture, we must each address any way in which we contribute directly or indirectly to the abuse. Our polarized practice of judging ourselves and others as either good or bad leaves little room for healing from the long history of abuse within our culture, let alone our own personal histories. Without resolution to our own fear, shame, and guilt, we cannot guide each other into the freedom to choose compassion for all sentient and non-sentient beings. Instead of considering yourself a “good” person, begin to ask “What good can I do?” And then, begin doing it.
1 (888) 373-7888 National Human Trafficking Resource Center
Tami Boehle-Satterfield, MSW, LCSW-C, NBBCH, HTP, a licensed psychotherapist at attentiontoliving.com has challenged herself in 2016 to post weekly about the unpopular topic of abuse. Learn more about Tami at attentiontoliving.com