According to the UN, a shocking 2.4 million children and women are exploited for sexual slavery. Most victims of human trafficking unknowingly enter the market after being lured by predatory individuals and organizations with promises of work and opportunities. Others are children that are literally sold into slavery by parents or family members as a means to pay debt or to reduce the number of children they must feed. A minority of the victims are bound as slaves after entering agreements to be smuggled across borders or as a means of covering personal debts under threat of violence.
And the problem isn't isolated to the third world, human trafficking goes on in industrialized countries and can be found on Main Street, USA. Worse, many outmoded laws punish the victims themselves. There are plenty of laws that fine and even jail prostitutes, and other laws that threaten to deport victims to the places from where they came, but legislation to punish the traffickers is spotty and ill-conceived at best.
Despite these statistics, the United Nation's fund to fight human trafficking has only received $47,000 sent by member nations who have pledged less than $1 million to fight the problem. To solve the problem, the UN and other orgaizations, such as Polaris Project have been working on combating human sex trafficking.
Polaris project was founded in 2002 by two seniors at Brown University, who came across an article highlighting a brothel torturing women, which happened to be very close to their campus. This eye-opening encounter empoweered them to create their initiative, Polaris Project, which is one of the leading organizations in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
I became aware of this organization through a charity event I attended in 2008, not knowing really anything about them. Through listening to the speakers, mostly adults who survived sex slavery as children, I was extremely moved but also enraged about what was happening to children and women in this day and age. I vowed to make a difference, small or big, since that charity event and have been contributing to the cause for some years now. In light of Polaris Project's 10 year anniversary, I wanted to contribute in a big way. I was inspired to run for all those who couldn't and signed up for the 10th Annual Fitness Magazine's Women's Half Marathon (13.1 miles/ 21.1 km) in NYC on April 14, 2013; http://www.morefitnesshalf.com. What better way to gain awareness of this cause, than to spread the word using my family and friends' support.
Please help me raise awareness and money to help fight one of world's most inhuman crimes - human sex trafficking. To learn more about Polaris Project, please click on the link below
Thank you in advance for your support.
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