‘Dreams into nightmares’

Slavery still exists. And it affects people of all different races and genders.
This new form of slavery exists in the rapid growing sex trade industry.
Young girls and sometimes boys, are sold by desperate parents, hoping to provide a better life for their family by sending them to America. They sell their children under false pre-tenses that they will “work” legally, instead they are implanted into a life that they least expected.

“Human traffickers profit by turning dreams into nightmares,”
said Michael Garcia, U.S. attorney in Manhattan, where the
majority of the traffickers face prosecution. “These women
sought a better life in America and found instead forced prostitution
and misery.”

Last week in New York over 20 raids in the Northeast uncovered over 70 sex-slaves in New York. They were illegal aliens AND U.S. citizens.

“It’s a very overwhelming subject for a lot of people to recognize
that there is slavery at this time in our country,” said Carole Angel,
staff attorney with the Immigrant Women Program of the women’s
rights advocacy group Legal Momentum in Washington. “It’s hard
for us as humans to contemplate what this means.”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13415620/

The study concluded prostitution and sex services accounted for 46 percent of the documented forced labor.
The estimated number of sex-traffickers and slaves is a difficult one to put a finger on. Most estimates are on the lower side of the percentage because it is difficult to truly discover all of the illegal trafficking businesses going on around the world.

According to the 2005 report, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year, with 14,500 to 17,500 trafficked into the U.S. The report does not provide data on sexual exploitation specifically; the numbers include people trafficked for any sort of forced labor. (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/slaves/etc/stats.html)

For further information:
+ “The Natasha Trade: Transnational Sex Trafficking”Overview of trafficking of women from Ukraine by Prof. Donna Hughes. (National Institute of Justice Journal , January, 2001)

Manila vanilla.


so it looks like i am going to the phillipines instead of argentina. there is an orphanage in manila called “My Father’s House” that takes in street children

i am nervous…it is on the opposite side of the world, i know no one, and not a single word of Tagalog or any of the 170 other dialects spoken there.

i think this is where i am supposed to go. i believe God wants me to go there , i know it wont be easy but it is what i need, every time i have doubts as to where i am supposed to be or if i have enough strength to make it through a situation.. God always reveals a hidden strength in myself that i didnt know existed.

i think im just tired of talking about doing something all the time, and im ready to actually do it. and now that it is really happening it scares me.

in the mean time im working at starbucks waking up some days as early at 4:30 am (aka my old bedtime)
and slowly becoming re-addicted to coffee. (’tis a hard life i lead)
yesterday i had seven shots of espresso, and needless to say, the sleeping is not going well.