On June 26, 2020 I’ll be joining an organization called Break the Cycle 200 (www.breakthecycle200.com) and riding my bike 200 miles in one day to raise money to stop human trafficking.
Prior to moving back to Iowa in 2015 I had always considered human trafficking as a distant problem that only occured in third world countries. Since moving back I have come to recognize that human trafficking is a problem not just in third world countries but also in the United States and even right here in Iowa.
Statistics show that reports of human trafficking in Iowa have increased every year since 2012. In 2017 there were 74 cases of human trafficking reported in Iowa. On a global scale, the problem is bigger than I could have ever imagined. The human slavery index estimates 45 million people are victims of human trafficking worldwide. Further, 75% to 80% of human trafficking is for sex and 80% of the victims of human trafficking for sex are under 24 years old. The statistics are clear, this is a major problem both globally and locally in Iowa.
The goal of our ride is to raise money to stop human trafficking and help victims of human trafficking recover from the horrific crimes committed against them. The funds raised will be used to support both global and local organizations that are committed to breaking the cycle of human trafficking.
Globally, fundings will be used to support Lighthouse Ministries in Kathmandu which supports the survivors of human trafficking by providing shelter (hostels). These hostels give their residents – shelter, nourishment, medical care, education, Christian teaching, and a sense of purpose and importance. Lighthouse takes a big picture approach to breaking the cycle of trafficking and breaking the chains of a caste based society.
In Iowa, funds will be used to support local restoration homes for survivors of sex trafficking. These homes will serve teens and youth recovered from the sex trafficking industry with residential and non-residential staff who are trained to provide a safe, therapeutic, healing home environment.
While the ride will be challenging, it may not be as challenging as raising money. I dread asking for money from friends and family. However, I firmly believe in Breaking the Cycle of human trafficking. Therefore, I ask that you join me to Break the Cycle of human trafficking by donating to my campaign.