Cries of the Unheard
Human Trafficking. The word simply sends chills down my spine. It is a topic that, if someone were to bring it up a few years ago, no one would know what you were talking about. In the recent years, it has become more and more highlighted. It is the selling of young girls and boys anywhere from 7 and up into slavery. It can be in factories but most often, it is in sexual prostitution. In places all over the world this is taking place. Two main ones that I can think of are Cambodia and India. Girls and boys, just children, are being sold to traffickers for pennies. Their families are told that their children will be working as a maid or some other semi-glamorous job and that at anytime, they can buy them back. In reality, this young child has just been sold to be a sex slave and has ultimately disappeared off the planet never to be found by their families again. The hollow look into the faces of 9 year old girls who have been raped and beaten is more than anyone should be able to bear. Girls who are tortured and threatened everyday to keep them from running away is something that we as Americans can hardly even begin to grasp. They are told that if they leave that their families will be killed and thus the must perform their "duties." To think that these girls have more sexual experience than most adult women these days is horrifying. It is like thinking of that little girl in your neighborhood who is playing with dolls and going into the 3rd grade will the next day, be swept up to become a slave to men who will abuse her horribly and not doing anything about it. It is time to give a voice to the unheard cries of the young boys and girls that have no voice.
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In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.
- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.
- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
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