Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Invisible

photo credit:  sheissafe.org


Chestnut hair cascades down, lingers at her waist
Little girl gone astray, wilderness dark
All hope resembles gray mist, empty faith
She crawls on bruised knees through terrain stark

Sleeps among ruins that quickly become home
Ravaged trees, broken landscape, crushed soul
Surrounded by vultures, child's heart profoundly alone
Promised fairy-tale evaporates into death of any control

She hears faraway tinkling music-- familiar and sweet
It wraps her like a blanket, covers her like a friend
She rises to the sound of beauty-- stained dress, filthy feet
Bewildered, unsure-- is this the beginning or the end? 


Please visit the The Wellhouse to find out ways to help locally.  Watch the video below.  This is a major issue in our city and communities.

FACTS:*

Human trafficking in the U.S. is 1/2 of the global problem

It is the fastest growing crime in the U.S.

18 billion dollar industry in the United States (39 billion dollars globally)

Average age of entry 12-14 years old 

70% of children rescued nationwide are from Alabama




*all statistics from The Wellhouse



3 comments:

Amy Ross said...

Melanie, as someone who works in Law Enforcement, this is something that I am especially interested in/concerned about. I hadn't known about the number of kids coming from Alabama... Why do you think that's the case? I'd be interested in your thoughts!

Melanie Singleton said...

Hi Amy~ I'm not 100% certain, but I think the main reason is because of Interstate I-20-- if you watched the video that's posted, there are a ton of kids moved quickly and often along I-20 between Birmingham and Atlanta. The Southeast is a hotspot. It is absolutely shocking and horrific.

Dr. Diana said...

I have read and watched this video. You are right at the point that Human trafficking in the U.S. is 1/2 of the global problem.