Do you want to help fight child trafficking? Here’s what we can do.

Do you want to help fight child trafficking? Here’s what we can do.

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On September 16, hundreds of activists and fundraisers will donate to anti-trafficking organizations throughout the US, coming together in a national movement to fight child trafficking.

The day is called “Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives”—because everyone’s kids are at risk of being trafficked.


Here’s how it works

Non-profits can register for the event, and are then listed on the Everyone’s Kids website. Donators can go to the website, find an organization of their choosing, and schedule a donation for $10 or more, which will be processed Sept. 16.

The event is using the fundraising platform Razoo to collect and process donations. If you go to your favorite cause’s page, and it says $0 have been raised, that’s because the funds won’t be processed until Sept 16. It doesn’t mean nobody’s donating.
Individuals or groups can create their own fundraisers for the event, which will raise money for a specific organization.


What organization should you donate to?

You can pick a non-profit that’s locally based, like Courtney House in Washington DC, or something that has more international reach, like Polaris Project. You can learn more about the organizations involved at the Everyone’s Kids website.


Don’t have time to research organizations? Donate to this one…

I’ve created a fundraiser for Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives: Join Me to Fight Child Trafficking on Sept. 16.

Donations go to Sex Workers Project, run by the Urban Justice Center in New York.

Sex Workers Project understands the difference between a sex worker, someone who has voluntarily made a career out of sex work, and a trafficking victim, someone who has been coerced, in any way, into the trade. They’re working for the safety and health of everyone impacted by the commercial sex industry.

This is particularly encouraging, because there’s a lot of debate between anti-traffickers and sex workers’ rights activists. They debate the research and statistics (some of which can’t really be conclusively proven at this time), fling accusations at one another (for example, sex workers’ rights activists like to say “the rescue industry” sensationalizes and overblows the issue of trafficking), and it’s not always easy to work for change that will positively impact both sides.

Sex Workers Project has their work cut out for them.

So that’s my cause.

You can ask me questions by email at hello@lmarrick.com.


About child trafficking in the US

It’s estimated that about 100,000 children a year are trafficked in the US. The average age someone is first trafficked is 13.
What kinds of kids are victimized by traffickers? All kinds. They come from all different backgrounds. Some have run away from home (it’s said that within 48 hours, a girl who has run away from home will be approached by traffickers). Some have been abused by family members, guardians, or friends during childhood—Tina Frundt of Courtney House was sold by a circuit of corrupt foster parents, along with other young girls and boys, when she was 9 years old.

Victims are sometimes abducted, sometimes persuaded, sometimes coerced. They are attracted by pimps who promise glitz and glam, by the allure of fabulous modeling or singing careers, or by an older “boyfriend” who seems to understand them better than their families. They’re recruited on social media and at shopping malls. They’re kept in line with brainwashing (which convicted pimps have admitted they have down to an art), abuse, and threats to themselves and their families. They’re shipped along a trafficking circuit that runs up and down the east coast, or across the continental US. They’re delivered to doors, service drivers at truck stops, or held in motels or residential brothels.

There is no one way it happens. There is no one kind of child it happens to. It transcends race, social class, and gender.

We’re learning more about the problem every year—how it happens, and how to counter it.

One of the best things we can do is raise our awareness and donate to causes that are working to stop trafficking.

That’s what the national day of fundraising, “Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives” is all about.

Here’s a source.


L. Marrick is a fiction writer and freelance copywriter. 50% of proceeds from her book Working Girl, a memoir of her time working for a professional escort, go to sex trafficking non-profits. She waxes poetic about swords and the Renaissance Faire at her author blog. She looks all professional-like at her copywriting site. You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter @LMarrick.

© L. Marrick 2014. The content of this article, except for quoted or linked source materials, is protected by copyright. Please contact the author at the above links to request usage.

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