What It Means to Spread Awareness and Save Lives
We often hear stories of organizations that are working to free victims of modern
day slavery; the organizations that fight to beat down the door, to do raids and
rescues, and to provide a safe place for the rescued to stay. Over the last six
months I have been a part of an organization that does just that: we meet girls on
the streets with a hope of giving them “new life”. Without other organizations,
though, like Oasis, we may not even know much about trafficking to want to
participate in the fight against it.
Think about it: where was the first place you heard about Human Trafficking?
School? An awareness conference? A friend or family member? The news? Most of
these resources get their information from an organization – an awareness
organization – not unlike Oasis USA. I began working with Oasis in June 2013.
Each week we got to go speak with high school students about the issue of Human
Trafficking and why we as a community should care about these things. When this
six week program was over, I felt a little bit lost and confused. What was next?
Why weren’t we continuing to meet with these students? Well, partially because
their summer school program was finished; we were also moving forward in our
internships. For most, that meant they were finishing, but for me, it meant
pursuing a part-time volunteer position at a safe house. This is when Human
Trafficking became real to me.
I was no longer just telling people statistics I had read on the internet. I am telling
stories of lives that have been changed for the worse through trafficking, only to
be picked up and transformed for the best by anti-trafficking organizations. What
I learned more than anything else is that without organizations like Oasis, safe
houses would not succeed; without someone create awareness, girls cannot be