Hello PTC Followers!
In today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Feb. 16th) there is an informative article in the Opinion/Editorial section (page A19) on the subject of youth sex trafficking. The tile is, “As a society, we avert our eyes from sex trafficking”. The author is Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for the New York Times. If you Google his name, you’ll find that he’s written extensively about youth sex trafficking. The AJC article is about a 15 year runaway named Emily and how she got caught up in the sex trafficking “trade”. Of particular value to me were Mr. Kristof’s thoughts as to why we, as a nation, are willing to ‘avert our eyes’ and not see youth sex trafficking as a human tragedy that deserves our attention.
I checked AJC.com in hopes of finding a link to the article I could post here. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find one. So, to read the article, you’ll have to do it the old fashioned way by finding a copy of today’s AJC. Doing so will be worth your time.
Like a lot of folks, I’ve thought of youth sex trafficking as one of any number of social ills that “somebody-ought-to-do-something about”. I’ve now begun to think that perhaps that somebody could be me.
At UUCA, Ines Hoster and Mary Moore are spearheading a PTC action team focused on youth sex trafficking. Be on the lookout for information from them on upcoming opportunities where we can learn about youth sex trafficking and how we, as a faith community, can become involved in fighting this horror.