In 2009 I was one of a tiny group that marched around Lake Eola in downtown Orlando to tell people that modern-day slavery was happening in their backyard.
There were exactly 25 of us...
...and the handful of people who listened thought we were nuts. In fact, the geese, ducks, and swans paid more attention to us than people did.
That was 2009. Every January we continued marching and rallying, year after year. And each year the event grew. Last year hundreds of people participated representing more than 100 anti-trafficking organizations and service providers -- and a whopping 6,000 people attended.
As a result -- coupled with the incredible year-round work of the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force (GOHTTF), which hosts the annual event -- arrests of traffickers and rescues of victims in Orlando have skyrocketed.
In the first 5 months of 2014, Orlando averaged a rescue every other DAY. You probably thought I was going to say every other week or month, didn't you?
Join us on Saturday
This Saturday is Orlando's 7th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day -- and all those numbers will grow even higher. We invite you to join us and move beyond awareness to action:
7th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Jan. 24, 2015 | 11 am - 4 pm
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola
101 North Rosalind Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
- Music, booths, and speakers
- Children's tent featuring Born2Fly with age-appropriate activities
- Film tent with screenings of Nefarious & more
- Fair-trade shopping
- Great food
Born2Fly is featured in the children's tent again this year -- so please come on by. We'll also have a booth along with 100+ other organizations working to fight trafficking in Orlando and overseas. And I'll be speaking in the women's tent on "13 things child traffickers don't want you to know."
We'll go beyond awareness to specific ways you can keep your kids safe and how you can get involved in the fight to stop the traffic. Hope to see you there!
“You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so people can no longer terrify them” (Psalm 10:18). You = God + you + me. Thank you for making success stories like this possible.