Now THAT’S a reason to chant, USA!

Have you heard? Are you celebrating? No, I'm not here to report a win for the US Soccer Team in the World Cup. I'm here to report something bigger, better. A three day cross country sting, named Operation Cross Country, targeted 106 US cities and brought the arrest of 281 pimps and the rescue of 168 children being sold for one person's twisted pleasure and another's financial gain. Now that is something to jump up and down about. That is a reason to chant, USA! USA! USA!" Don't get me wrong. I love sports and I was sitting in a [...]

Are we really the land of the free?

Have you ever wondered what Forever Stamps are? Basically, the United States Postal Service created stamps that never lose their value. If the postage rate goes up, then the stamp value also goes up. The beauty of this is if you purchase postage and then the rate of a stamp increases, you don't have to go replace your postage. Yesterday, I addressing my Father's Day card for my daddy and reached in the drawer to pull out a stamp. I looked down and saw the stamp had the word freedom on it. But, because it was a forever stamp, it said so below the [...]

Make the call! Save a life!

Did you ever read the story of the Emperor's New Clothes growing up? It's a story by Hans Christian Andersen about a king who was duped into believing he was wearing the most beautiful suit of clothes when, in fact, he was stark naked. The weavers, who promised the emperor a beautiful suit of new clothes, said these clothes would be invisible to those unfit for their positions, those who are stupid or incompetent. The tale goes on to say people didn't proclaim what they saw, or rather didn't see, out of fear for themselves. These weavers were very shrewd and [...]

How to Avoid Being a Victim

Do you know how to avoid being a victim? In an earlier post I shared the story of how a friend of mine was targeted by a man as a possible victim. He lurked throughout the Dollar General, basically casing her to see if he liked her and to determine how he would obtain her. This morning I received a comment from Mary and she asked what would have happened if my friend hadn't said, "NO!" to the man. How would the scenario have likely played out? This crime isn't a respecter of persons. It impacts every demographic imaginable. I've met [...]

Four Things You Can Do Today to Help

Did you know this past Saturday was National Human Trafficking Awareness Day? The entire month of January was declared National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month . My question is do you think human trafficking takes place anywhere near you? I hope you answered yes; not because I want human trafficking to take place close to you, but statistically speaking, it is. Do you know what it looks like? There are a variety of indicators you may or may not see. Some are: She may be in the company of an older man. She may have a tattoo or branding [...]

Did you know?

Are you aware that January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month? And January 11th Human Trafficking Awareness Day. President Obama declared it such last year. Many of us would like to think human trafficking is a third world issue or at the very least, that it's an inner city issue. We don't like to acknowledge that it is as close as our own backyard, because by doing so, we may have to do something about it. It's scary.  After all, what can I do? What can you do? The statistics are staggering. Polaris Project states that human trafficking [...]

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