This blog is to bring awareness of human trafficking aka modern day slavery. It may seem odd to think, but there are more slaves TODAY, than there ever has been throughout the history of time. Yes, that is a fact! Unfortunately, we all support it unconsciously in various ways. In these economic times we all like a bargain, but the price of that bargain is bigger than the discount itself; a child is working 16 hour days in sweatshops making pennies or less. It’s hard to swallow, especially for me since I’m known for my superb shopping skills. Children disappear everyday, but where are they? Teenagers run away, but it wasn’t meant to be permanent, they were just testing the boundaries, and now they’re gone. A sick (wealthy) person needs a transplant, but can not make the list…then a “miracle” happens! They received  the transplant they needed to survive, but how?  Oooh Chocolate, life’s aphrodisiac to many people, whether it be a candy bar, in our milk, cereal, snacks, it’s everywhere right? Nobody thinks about where it came from, or the young children in poor nations working in plantations, denied education, around pesticides while using their bare little hands to work rigorously, earning little to nothing. Children get subdued into wars as child soldiers, drugs forced upon their innocent faces, many becoming addicted not by choice. We don’t see this in the media, so it might be hard to imagine, but it happens throughout the whole world. It’s a BILLION DOLLAR industry…Crazy, right? I bet you think there’s nothing you can do, I mean there is laundry to do, bills to pay, dinner to make, homework, jobs, so much to do, so little time! This might be true, but just taking a few seconds out of the day while doing these tasks, a prayer could be said, a petition could be signed, talking about human trafficking at the dinner table doesn’t cost anything, and it’s a discussion topic, right?  Little steps can make big changes, so I hope that you will come on this venture with me, from the pitter-patter of baby steps, to the big leap of what happens when we get there. I’m no expert by any means, I’m learning along the way as well. So, please for just a few seconds a day, take a step to end modern day slavery.

Kimberly xoxo

Kim's pic from Keukenhof 2010