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A Fun Way to Fight Human Trafficking

I have heard lots of talks about human trafficking. People ask “what can I do?” and the answer is always just “raise awareness.” This issue is important to me, especially after seeing the women “in the line” in Calcutta and Mumbai. But I can’t go around talking about the sad facts and making everyone else depressed. So I find it really was refreshing to be able to raise awareness about the problem, and talk about the organizations around the world who are working to restore hope and dignity to the women who are now free. Then provide a simple way for anyone to get involved: buy awesome bags & jewelry that were made by girls who would otherwise be trapped in prostitution. I’m really glad that I get to be a Freedom Fighter with Better Way Imports, and raise support for our trips to India.

Usually for my first Awareness Event, my mentor would come and guide me with her great wisdom, but she lives in Tennessee, so that’s unrealistic. Her flying out her is unrealistic, not her wisdom, she’s really quite practical and helpful. She also has a cute accent. Someday I will meet her in person, but for now, phone and e-mail it is.

Why do people take pictures while I’m talking?

I was pretty nervous about my first event…alone. I hate public speaking, and everyone staring at me so intently sounds rather intimidating. I was having anxiety about it, which is not like me at all, unless I have explosive diarrhea in India and there’s no bathroom and I’m supposed to be speaking. Then it’s completely ok to be freaking out. (Not that I know that from personal experience or anything). Stupid parasites…

After last weekend’s Kayaking experience, I had a good reality check about what is really worth freaking out about. 5 friends in my living room, listening to me talk about something I’m passionate about? Yeah, that’s probably not going to kill me.

I did make my husband sit in on my first event. I needed him for moral support. For Ezra. I didn’t want one of my guests to  feel awkward about being the only guy at the party, and I needed the little guy to come so everyone would stare at him, not me.

Just reading the human-trafficking statistics would be really boring, so I made a multiple-choice quiz. My husband said it was a personality test – are you pessimist or optimist? Which is true, because some people picked worse-case-senerio options, and others were like “no, it can’t be that bad”, but the quiz challenged people to really think about the problem.

When I gave the answers, “the estimated number of people enslaved today is: 27 million” the people who had the right answer cheered for themselves and then said “I mean, that’s really bad.” It’s funny but not funny at the same time.

“But mom, all the ladies would think I was so hot if I had this as a diaper bag.” – Ezra

Then I showed the happy documentary about the freed women who now work for one of our partner organizations.  Freeset trains and employs women who would otherwise be trapped in prostitution. They make really cool bags, that I get to sell, along with jewelry from Radiant Hope, blankets from SariBari, and lots of other cool items from all across Asia.

All that is to say, I enjoyed my first event, and I’m excited about this new, fun adventure of helping keep women free from prostitution.

I also reached my personal sales goal, and booked 2 more awareness events for September! *happy dance. Ok, I’m actually just sitting on the couch, but I’m dancing in my head.

Becky is wife to Duane, mama to "Monkey-girl" and baby "Lioness" aka "PipSqueek." She is the administrative powerhouse for YWAM Bend and keeps our team grounded and organized. Her hope is to inspire and encourage other mamas in their journey to raise healthy, thriving families.
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