Human trafficking is an undeniable issue. I know that phrase sounds cliche, but it contains a crucial truth: no one can deny that it’s an issue. If no one can deny it, we (meaning everyone) must be in agreement about it. I’ve likely reached the point in my post where you think I am jumping to conclusions, and you want me to get off of my imagination trampoline. Here’s the problem, though: I have no trampoline. Actually, we have a small one in the office. It’s pretty cool. Metaphorically, though, I don’t have one. My initial statements are true. The vast majority of our country and our world is in agreement that human trafficking needs to be ended permanently. If we are in such agreement, we must be in some form of unity, right? What does that mean for us? It means we’re all in this together.
I must admit that a certain High School Musical song comes to mind; you know the one. Don’t act all innocent. I’ll stop (temporarily) performing the dance to it now because I want to show you what unity can really look like in the trafficking world.
- Crossing Party Lines. I don’t want to burst any bubbles here, but trafficking has potential to be a bipartisan issue. It doesn’t matter what your political beliefs and values are. The details of the legislation and some of the terms may differ between parties, but there is no political party that advocates the rise of this awful crime. Yes, our congressmen still debate anti-trafficking bills on C-SPAN, but they understand the underlying values in these bills. I have no doubt in my mind that every member of Congress wants to rescue victims of human trafficking. As for us, we need to encourage a oneness among parties so that we can spend less time arguing about things that we actually agree on. We can’t be so set on disagreeing with the opposing party that we forget about the incredible influence we could have if we joined together.
- Bridging Gender/Age/Racial Divisions. Trafficking victims come in all shapes and sizes. These victims can be male or female, 7 or 25 years old, black or white, etc. They are victims who need our help, and that is all we need to know. If you, as a partner in our fight, are male or female, 7 or 25 years old, black or white, etc., that’s perfect. You are our ally, and while that seems so simple, it is that perspective that we often lack. We need unique people for the unique needs of this fight. We’re stronger together.
- Joining School Rivals. If you’re a frequent reader of my blog posts, you might know that I’m the loudest and proudest member of the Fighting Texas Aggie Class of 2018 (A WHOOP!!!). A&M has a reputation for displaying a school spirit like no other; one might even say that this spirit can ne’er be told. However, A&M also has a reputation for initiating and maintaining friendly (usually) rivalries with other schools. The rivalry is strongest when football is involved, but it can sometimes carry out in other school activities. While the rivalries can be fun and ridiculous, we try to forget all of it when it comes to issues that are too important. We have roughly 999,998 clubs at our school, including certain clubs that are branches of anti-trafficking organizations. Naturally, these clubs aim to be better than the UT branch and rescue the most victims of any branch; our competitive nature never fully dissipates. Yet, these clubs join with other branches and organizations because these students understand the urgency and criticalness of trafficking. We don’t have time for rivals when it comes to saving these lives. We need friends and allies. That’s all that matters.
We could be unstoppable in this fight if we could change the way we look at people. We’re on the same page, and we will see that once we stop closing our friends’ books because the cover looks different than ours.
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The Key2Free is working to abolish sex trafficking through education, awareness and safe housing of survivors, both domestic and abroad.Read More