I was called to join the fight against human trafficking. When it was revealed to me at a ladies’ retreat that I attended with my mother I was only twelve at then but I had known for years that I was intended to serve the oppressed, the chained victims lost in a world blind to their pains. Since that day I have been working diligently as possible to that end. I had advanced in my schoolwork to graduate early then I attended a small Bible university specializing in outreach around the globe. Realizing that to be useful to the many organizations built to rescue girls, young women, and boys and men out of the prison of slavery I needed to be completely mobile, able to go wherever the need was most pressing, I began to develop my artistic skills to fund my efforts in traveling and to support the organizations that are trying to put a stop towards the 21st Century slavery.
Upon watching an interview with a rescued slave, I was convicted by the girl’s tearful query to her rescuers, “Why didn’t you come sooner?”. The pieces displayed are meant to both reveal and encourage. To reveal the ugly truth of sex slavery that is so prolific both here in the United States and abroad; that it isn’t the problem of some little country nobody has ever heard of. It is growing like a cancerous plague engulfing every class, every country, every age.
By revealing this abomination, others are encouraged that they are not forgotten, not invisible. The parents of these victims can know that their missing child has a voice; that someone still cares and is still fighting for them.
Each piece tells a story. Each pencil stroke is filled with a promise: I know you are there and I am coming to help!