For our wedding, we are organizing a fundraiser to help victims of sex trafficking. This cause is near and dear to our hearts because we believe everyone deserves freedom and to have justice served. We also met on a plane going to an anti-trafficking conference hosted by IJM.
Today, more children, women and men are held in slavery than were taken out of Africa over the course of the entire trans-Atlantic slave trade. Experts estimate that nearly one in five girls is sexually abused at least once in her life, and trafficking in humans is estimated to generate profits of $150 billion per year. Slave owners and other criminals often prey on and exploit the most vulnerable—the poor, the young, and those from disadvantaged, marginalized communities—because law enforcement and justice systems do not effectively protect or fight for them. Established laws are rarely enforced in the developing world, so criminals continue to enslave and abuse the poor without fear or accountability. In the face of this epidemic of violence, IJM brings the protection of the law to vulnerable children, women and men by rescuing victims, bringing the criminals to justice, restoring survivors to safety and strength, and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts.