Right around the corner.
In my job as Wellspring Living's communications coordinator, I often scan through a daily digest of news articles on the subject of sex trafficking.
I read about intense trafficking stings, horrific survivor stories and encouraging government and nonprofit work across the nation.
Because I am aware of the reality of sex trafficking, I know it’s real and I know it’s around. But, just how close?
One afternoon as I was reading through a list of articles and one caught my eye: "Maryland human traffickers released on bond." Of course, I click, as Maryland is my current state.
To my shock, two men had been running a brothel across from MY LOCAL GROCERY STORE here in Silver Spring. So, while I am "worried" about finding the best prices on produce, there are women and girls being sold for sex within walking distance?! Yes. It is happening around me and you.
A few months later, I clicked on another article: "Williamsburg Police searching for man wanted in sex trafficking case." After just visiting the delightful town on a family Christmas trip, I was curious, so I continued to read.
A man had recently abducted two victims and sold them for sex. When I looked at the address of arrest, his residence and scene of the crime was a 4 MINUTE WALK FROM THE HOTEL WE HAD STAYED IN! So, while our family was exchanging gifts with one another, there was a trafficker living just down the road?! Yes. It is happening around me and you.
Friends, it is closer than you think. It’s right around the corner.
The mission of Wellspring Living is to serve the sex trafficking survivors like those mentioned in these articles. They have names and stories, hopes and dreams. Through our residential and community based programs, youth and women receive restorative care that helps heal and rebuild their lives.
It would be a blessing if you would join me in providing survivors the opportunity to live and dream again. With your help, hope is right around the corner, too.