Here at USA Love List we love when people are passionate about things made and sold in America. When we promote buying American, we are promoting safe working conditions and fair wages for all. Today we'd like to dedicate this space to an issue we've recently been made aware of and which has been in the news over the past week. It is one thing we are NOT okay with being sold in the US… our children.
It is hard to grasp, but children (mainly young girls) are taken captive into slavery and are commercially exploited in the United States every day. It is a form of modern day slavery and is known as Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). Given that we typically educate you on things we love here in the US, we're just as passionate about bringing this issue to your attention along with an organization that is working every day to stop this travesty ‘…Until Every Child is Free.‘
The girls who are exploited and become victims to this crime are ‘our girls' who were in a vulnerable state to get sucked into the promise of a better life. Perhaps it was a fight with her parents that left her on the street or a foster child who was fed up with a lack of stability, or a young girl with self esteem issues who was pursued by an older man who told her she had worth. Regardless, ‘our men' are out there creating the demand for the industry and buying these young “prostitutes”. But is that child really a prostitute? No, that child is a victim.
- Prevention of the sexual exploitation of minors
- Systemic economic deterrence of the business of human trafficking
- Intervention and rescue of those held against their will
- Provision of aftercare initiatives that provide healing and wholeness to victims
“Following the example of our namesake, Harriet Tubman, we acknowledge that “ordinary people” can change the course of modern day slavery.” – Araminta Freedom Initiative
As the organization grows, their vision is to expand outside of the Baltimore region and hopefully one day be in every major US city. However, people everywhere may benefit from the information and education on DMST issues Araminta provides. If you're a teacher, mentor or volunteer with children please educate yourself on how to identify the signs of DMST. Hotels, casinos, and sports venues create a platform for the business, so if you are employed by a venue of this sort encourage your company to take a stand against this issue.
If you're encouraged by the work Araminta is doing and feel passionate about supporting their efforts, you can find more information about giving here