Because a human life is intrinsically valuable.
Because human trafficking is a crime that happens internationally.
Because human trafficking happens right here, in our country, in our states.
Because no city, no town is exempt.
Because she is someone’s daughter, someone’s sister.
Because he is someone’s son, someone’s brother.
Because this was not their choice.
Because every child deserves a childhood.
Because it isn’t what you think it is.
Because it is everything you think it is.
Because the coffee beans in your cupboard may have been picked by child slaves.
Because the cotton in your favorite Saturday morning t-shirt may have been picked by slaves.
Because slave labor in the private economy pulls in $150 billion in illegal profits annually.
Because over 35 million people are enslaved in the world today.
Because one is one too many…
Victims are at the center of our model.
Victims are why we have a model, why we must stand for justice.