Rob Morris, Lamont Hiebert, Desirea Rodgers and Caroline Hahm journeyed off into the unknowns of Southeast Asia. They were all taken undercover to a brothel in hopes of discovering opportunities to to serve in the disturbing battle against child sex trafficking. In the brothel they found what seemed to be a plethora of young females wearing red dresses. There were men sitting down ordering them off by numbers on a menu. These young girls stared lifelessly onto a small TV.
All the light they once carried was stolen away from them, except one girl. Her number was 146, and her piercing gaze caught the attention of Rob. She was a warrior and looked beyond the glass that kept her captive. Her story inspired Rob, Lamont, Desirea, and Caroline to establish the movement, Love146, in 2002 while in Southeast Asia. The mission of Love146 is to develop strong individuals in the field to protect and teach the children in hopes to destroy the industry that promotes sex trafficking along with the exploitation of young children. To achieve this goal the movement broke up their programs into regions: the U.S.
, U.K., and Asia. Firstly, in Asia they opened the Round House. The house was focused on providing support for young female children that was associated with sex trafficking. There the girls would grow healthier, educated, have a close connection with nature, and learn music. They later figured out that young boys also required the same amount of attention resulting in the opening of the White House. Inside the White House young boys were receiving the same assistance as the girls at the Round House.
Not a Number is a prevention education curriculum that is currently active in around fourteen states as of 2017. While concentrating on respect and compassion, this program was established to educate the youth regarding the exploitation humans through reflection and skill advancement. Another program the U.
S. and the U.K.
provides is the Rapid Response program. By discussing methods traffickers utilize, internet protection, and resolutions for possibly threatening situations with a young girl/boy that is associated with sex trafficking or is at high risk they prepare the child for any possible danger. To follow up the discussion, the child is left a backpack stuffed with survival essentials. To encourage that discussion, they leave the youth with a backpack stuffed with essentials in order to survive. People can get involved and help this movement in an abundance ways.
Firstly, they can purchase items to put into the backpacks that are given out through the link to Amazon located on the website. The items range from granola bars to wooly teddy bears each item meets safety concerns that will benefit the child’s health and will grant then with the feeling of being valued. People can also shop ReImagne to purchase upcycled items to not just contribute to the funding of the houses and education for the children but to also help conserve the planet. Buying printer cartridges through Secor.com is a unique way people can contribute. All the profit from these cartilages goes towards stopping human trafficking. Lastly, people can become monthly donors to directly provide money to further develop more youth’s lives. All money is utilized to help maintain an income to youth instead of them depending on sex trafficking.
All the profit made by the programs are delivered to the intended community in several ways. First, it increases the production of backpacks given through the Rapid Response program. Secondly, the profit will decrease the payment for education. This will enable more highly qualified professionals to consistently care for children affected by trafficking. Lastly, the profit can be utilized to provide a consistent income for the youth to provide for themselves instead of depending on sex trafficking.
The values of Love146 are being hopeful, thoughtful, patient, collaborative, innovative, and to continue to persevere. Love146 chooses to respond with love and hope instead of violence. They have a extremely complex conundrum in their hands, therefore, they hope to learn from the children. They also welcome diverse perspectives regarding the issue, refining their approach by considering other’s ideas.
As a organization, they all understand they are more effective when they collaborate with other professionals. Love146 challenges people’s assumptions and to love unconditionally. Finally, they continue to embrace stories that have complexity, struggle, and humanity. These stories are what they value the most since they cannot change the past, they can only learn from it. Society can take these mindsets that this organization processes as a lesson to improve and move forward. The Bible doesn’t necessarily address anything regarding human trafficking directly, however, we can utilize the more general verses.
In the book of Genesis, God loves all living beings and created them in his own image (Genesis 1:26) showing great value of a single life. Consequently, we are told to love our neighbor (Matthew 19:19) and those in need (Luke 10:25-37). This includes the children being exploited by adults for sex. Then Jesus taught us the Golden Rule: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12) This can be interpreted as a message to the adults. If they wouldn’t want to be exploited and abused, they should do it onto others. We also learn to: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” Proverbs 31:8-9.
This means we should speak up and defend these children who don’t have a voice for themselves by donating or volunteering at organizations like Love146.The Catholic Social teaching number five: The Common Good relates to my topic because it shows people that they can reach their fullest potential and that they are worth something. From the information I learned from visiting the Refuge, the children who usually end up in sex trafficking were homeless. This was commonly caused by the deprivation of self-love which leads to people losing respect for themselves and feeling as if they aren’t worth anything. Furthermore, moving them further away from God.
Love146 teaches the youth affected that they are in fact loved and helps them reach their fullest potential through their programs. The Catholic Social Teaching number two: Respect for Human Life relates to my topic since most men that are causing this issue tend to possess one of the seven tendencies of individualism, that they are master of the earth. This means they have no respect for these young children’s lives and just views them as an object they can use for satisfaction and self gain. This can have an impact on the children’s lives at a very young age. Love146 ensures that over time they can gradually reduce the number of children that lose self-respect and the number of men exploiting the children.
The Catholic Social Teaching number nine: Solidarity relates to my topic because it informs us that we are all one big family. The adults that manipulate these children must have felt love at least once in their life. I firmly believe that they would not want their child or anyone they love become exploited for sex. They should consider how the loved ones of the child must feel to be deprived of someone that is apart of their family. Love146 understands this teaching very well.
They treat every child they meet as their own and make sure they prepare them for the dangerous and sick world just as a parent would. They should love each child just as they would love their neighbor. Doing Love146, as the topic of my presentation has opened my eyes to the dangers of our sick world. I learned to not just respect others but, to also respect myself. These children usually have grown up to have no self-respect for themselves and now through Love146 must learn how to. This topic really connected to me especially because it was inspired by a story that took place in a country my parents were born in, the Philippines.
Since then I have contacted my grandfather in the Philippines and have discussed these topics with him. This not just raised awareness regarding this topic in my family it also brought my family together. I believe this project has not just expanded my knowledge but has also affected me to a personal extent bringing me closer to God.