This year on September 29th 2012, thousands of abolitionists will gather to walk a 5K in our nation’s capital to Stop Modern Slavery. In the United States, slavery still exists and this is your chance to join Team TurnAround to demand a change in our society and raise funds to support our program. As stated on the FBI’s website:
“… In this country, people are being bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves. They are trapped in lives of misery—often beaten, starved, and forced to work as migrant, domestic, restaurant, or factory workers or exploited through commercial sex with little or no pay” (www.fbi.gov).
A major force perpetuating this injustice is the silence provided by the public. However, on September 29th we will break the silence and work together to raise awareness! TurnAround has been selected as an official partner of the SMS Walk, which means that a portion of the funds raised will go DIRECTLY back into our victim service program for survivors of trafficking in Maryland. We need your help! The bigger our team, the bigger portion we will be awarded from the proceeds of the SMS Walk!! So lace up your walking shoes and join us!!
Know the Facts:
MYTH: Sex-trafficking is not common in the United States.
FACT: According to the United Nations sex-trafficking is the 2nd largest industry with higher revenue than weapons trafficking.
In the United States, it is estimated that at least 100,000 juvenile American citizens each year are victims of commercial sexual exploitation, with the average age of recruitment at age 13. This number does not take into account the many people who are also wrapped up in this form of slavery but unfortunately become adults while enslaved.
MYTH: It is only human trafficking if people are moved across borders.
FACT: People can be trafficked in their own town and even in their own home.
The TurnAround Anti-Trafficking Program is dedicated to empowering survivors of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation with the tools and services necessary to achieve healing and self-sufficiency. Please support our efforts by joining or donating to our team.
Ways for you to take action:
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WALK WITH US!
To find the event online: Go to http://bit.ly/ME5sjE . On the left column, select “Register to Walk”. Click “I agree” then “Join a Team” and choose “TurnAround Inc.”
Donate to our team: To find the online site, go to http://bit.ly/N1lJRZ
Please contact us with any questions. Thank you very much for your partnership in this important movement!