Why #MayDay is Important to Victims of Human Trafficking
Did you know that the International Labour Organization has estimated that the industries of forced labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide? A staggering twenty-five percent of victims are children while 75% are women and girls. It’s a startling statistic considering the fact that sex trafficking and forced labor are issues often overlooked by governments across the world not to mention us, the people living relatively comfortable means compared to those victims. This article was not written to shame you, in fact, quite the opposite, I as well as the people behind Love-Justice, an organization that helps to eradicate this industry just want to empower you to start standing up for these victims. So what exactly is #MayDay? Throughout the entire month of May, we are asking everyone with the means to make a change to join us in the fight for justice and help the millions of victims worldwide who suffer one of the greatest crimes against humanity; slavery of any kind. Love-Justice has intercepted over 16,000 incidents of attempted trafficking but there are still, in the present, over 40 million people currently living in slavery around the world. These victims, as well as the people who help them, are sending out a call for help, in other words, a #mayday call throughout the month of May and asking for help.
Love-Justice is one of many organizations working to end modern-day slavery but they are unique in that they try to intercept trafficking before it happens. Their goal at the end of the day is to save 1,000 more lives per year, which is AMAZING! In order to do this, they will only need 1,000 of us new donors to give $10 per month or 500 people to give $20 per month. If you have the means to help fund this project you have the opportunity to save many beautiful lives from going through the extreme darkness that is the sex trade and forced labor industry. Influencers are joining in the fight like Ben Higgins, Kelsey Floyd, and Stefanie Rouse to spread the message that all lives are beautiful. If you’re not in a financial position to donate feel free to share this article with those who can.
It's important to not let crimes like this slip under the rug as conscientious human beings. A big part of "adulting" is realizing that there are much bigger problems in the world than our own lives. Cue Kim K's sudden decision to become a lawyer. All lives are beautiful including yours and the strangers you don't know who are suffering behind closed doors. It's time to step up and take action for those who are less fortunate than us. No matter your religion, race, gender, and sexuality we all have the power to help others because we are all the same, nothing less and nothing more. The world is in need of more love and less hate. This is your opportunity to give back a little sunshine :)
Go to LoveJustice to learn more about what you can do to help victims of human trafficking.