Why I Became an Outspoken Abolitionist

For my final article during Human Trafficking Awareness Month, I'd like to share why I became an outspoken abolitionist for human trafficking. Many people have their reasons. I'd love to hear them, so comment below. While my story may not be more exciting or intriguing, I think understanding why you joined this fight is important. Let it be a constant reminder of why you joined, and why you continue to fight.

Back in 2019, I heard Jaco Booyens speak at a Turning Point USA event, and he shared the story of how his sister was a victim of sex trafficking. He is very outspoken on human and child sex trafficking. The only times I really heard of human trafficking were in the movies Priceless and Rambo Last Blood. After hearing Jaco's speech, my mind was blown. When I spoke to Jaco later on, he called me "Hannah with the pretty eyes," which I was surprised at (and majorly blushed at). 

Next was when Jeffery Epstein got arrested on human trafficking charges. Once I did some research behind human trafficking and learning what Epstein did, as well as the limited coverage on this crime, that's when I knew I had to get involved. This, however, isn't what really made me start writing or discussing the crime.

First off, the reason I became outspoken was because of my convictions. As a follower of Christ and a fellow human, I cannot be silent on other people's suffering. We are all God's children, and have a God-given responsibility to speak for the vulnerable. That is why I can no longer be silent. As William Wilberforce once said, "You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know."

Next, I remember when the Zoe LaVerne incident happened, and Blaire White did a video discussing the issue of male victims and female predators. I remember how disgusted I felt that men are the silent victims of sexual abuse and human trafficking. The more I began to learn about human trafficking, the more curious I became on the statistics and facts about male victims. It's extremely upsetting that men do not get the same attention as females receive. When a woman reveals her boyfriend or husband is abusive, society will jump to her defense. When it's the opposite, society laughs. Even in my recent article regarding Jack Wright, I felt extreme anger that men go through this. The long-lasting effects on men keeping their trauma to themselves is dangerous, and I knew I couldn't stay silent while men or boys are suffering. 

I also became outspoken was because of the misinformation and politicization of human trafficking. Republicans claim to be the only ones who care about human trafficking. Almost the same way Democrats claim to be the only ones who care about sexual assault or rape. These issues shouldn't be political, and I have no issue admitting that's how I used to think. I've changed that mentality, because it's counterproductive to fighting this issue. I remember seeing this comment, and just feeling sick to my stomach because, in my opinion, human trafficking isn't an issue for the woke. It's something we should all care about, yet many don't see things that way. I definitely feel this is a generational curse. 
Comment on an article on BSC, 
who shared my article

Many older folks will make fun of Gen Z for only caring about "libtard issues," putting even conservative Gen Z in the same category. "You can't go to Starbucks and say you're conservative!" "Climate change isn't real, and to say otherwise makes you a Leftwing nutjob!" It's really infuriating, but then I will see these same people share myths surrounding human trafficking, like human trafficking only occurs between strangers or at the Mexico border. Yes, these cases do happen, and obviously stronger borders matter in that case, but the majority of trafficking cases involve familiarity. If you see someone for caring about issues like human trafficking, don't make fun of them. Try to actually learn something. I've had numerous people tell me how much they've learned from my articles or Reels.

I want to be a voice for those who don't have a voice, especially for men. There are less resources available for boys or men of human trafficking, and I cannot stay silent while they silently suffer. The fight against human trafficking will not easily be won. I don't know that we will ever truly eradicate the crime, because wherever evil thrives, human trafficking will never die. That doesn't mean we shouldn't fight, and I hope you will join me. Even though January is almost over, don't let that stop you from continuing this fight.

If you'd like to learn how you can get involved, send me an email at young.patriotrising@gmail.com, or feel free to DM me on social media. Let's join together to fight (and even end) human trafficking.

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