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There have been a few years in which Rob & I have gone to hear my friend Rachel’s (from last entry) dad read the Declaration of Independence in a reenactment. It is surprising to me how many people talk during the reading and don’t seem to care about hearing it, when it is a huge deal for why they live in the United States of America. Do they even really know what it says?
While many people are forced into the U.S. to work as slaves from outside of the country (and others taken from surrounding neighborhoods in the US), they learn that the US isn’t so filled with goodness or happiness as they always heard it to be. It is probably pretty shocking for them. Is this the freedom that our forefathers so spoke about? I wonder often what they would think about how people are treated today. Slavery has been at large in the US since before we became a country, while many took stances against it. Now it has just gone underground but never went away. Thankfully now it’s known as a crime and as wrong (while back in those days it was condoned by many and thought of as normal).
RestoreNYC is an organization that I have known about since they were being created, as I know someone who had volunteered for them from time to time (but now she is about to work in Thailand for IJM). I live very close to NYC where many massage parlors and brothels linger out in the open filled with women forced to work in sexual exploitation and prostitution. Keep in mind that in the start of our country, NYC was always pretty known for being against slavery, yet now it is filled with slaves. RestoreNYC has a safehouse in NYC where these women can rest more at ease and recover from their enslavement.
Many girls/women are imprisoned for being caught as prostitutes in NYC (did you know the average age for a girl put into prostitution in our country is 13?), often needing to do community service work. RestoreNYC has partnered with cops to help these women out! This is a very amazing thing. Another organization called GEMS in NYC does this as well (goodness I love the Safe Harbor Act). While many people would tend to believe that women in prostitution might “choose” their work (mainly those uneducated about this subject), RestoreNYC considers them all in need of restoration.
There are so many ways you can partner up or be involved in helping RestoreNYC. Please click here to read how.
“Sex trafficking is simply slavery. People think of this as being something that is happening in other parts of the world when it’s happening in our own backyards. When a woman comes out of a brothel she needs a safe place to stay. Currently in the city, this is a need that is not being met. Police come in, they raid a brothel. A woman is arrested on prostitution charges. These women are not seen as victims, they are seen as criminals. It’s a cycle that keeps repeating itself. That’s what Restore is trying to do, is trying to break that cycle.” – Faith Huckle, Executive Director of RestoreNYC