Please Remember Them

Please Remember Them

In a cold sweat, I shrug off the images of a cruel nightmare: uncontrolled water rushing into my home and sweeping my entire family away. Though my family is safe and my home is dry, water inches its way toward my front door. Being swept away from comfort and safety...

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Modern-day slavery is personal

Modern-Day Slavery Is Personal

I could be her. That wasn’t my first thought, but it’s the conclusion that eventually transformed my perspective on modern-day slavery. Her face appeared among countless others on the internet. Someone had removed every last one of her teeth. For marketing purposes. Her lifeless eyes haunted me when I lay down to...

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Broken Sparrow

I have my faults, Cant you see? The noise halts. To hear my plea.   I want you to hear, What I have to say. So come near, Dont run away.   “Why don’t you listen?” I yell, I scream. It feels like I’m in a prison. Maybe it’s all...

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Hope is Home

For as long as I can remember The Wizard of Oz has been one of my Dad’s favorite movies.  “There’s no place like home,” is one of my favorite lines from the movie.  In the movie, Dorothy falls into a deep sleep after being hit on the head and spends the...

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Control vs. Compromise

Women who have been trafficked are controlled by their trafficker.  Their daily schedule, earnings and meals are dictated and determined by their pimp.  They are under constant scrutiny. “When you are being trafficked time freezes, you know your life stops,” a Sparrow once told me. The Sparrows learned how to...

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What Hope Did I Have

You can’t imagine what the ladies in the house go through while they’re on the streets. You wonder what’s going through their minds during the time they were trafficked. One word that every lady has in common is hope. Rather, it’s, “I hope  I make a lot of money fast...

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