As this year draws towards an end, I find myself traveling a great deal these days for my day job. You know it’s getting bad when the hotels are sending you emails saying “We are looking forward to your upcoming visit.” When I get to the hotel, I often find myself tuning in to the news channels to find out what is going on around the world.
Today it seems as if the earth is about to stop spinning on its axis because Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge is sick. Today’s top story on the front page of the USA Today is all about the recent Grammy nominations. GIVE ME A BREAK! You know, I really hate it that the Duchess is not feeling well. But when a Duchess vomits, it is NOT news worthy! And I honestly could not care less about the Grammy nominations. Of all of those nominated, I have only even heard of one of them.
NOWHERE on the news today have I heard ANYTHING about human trafficking! Not one word have I heard spoken or read in print about modern day slavery. For that matter, I have not heard, seen or read ANYTHING in the media for a couple months. The last story I can recall reading in the media was a story in newspaper that I picked up in Munich, Germany in October.
WHY? Why is this problem not in our headlines on a daily basis? If 27 Million people suddenly went blind, that would be a tragedy. Every news outlet on the planet would be talking about it. What happened? Why? Is there a cure? How can we stop it from spreading? They would be all over it! Well today it is estimated that there are 27 Million people being held as human slaves around the world. Yet, the media outlets of today are looking the other way. Perhaps our culture has indeed been stricken with a form of blindness.
Who will speak out for the victims? Who will step up and reach out to the vulnerable to keep them from becoming victims? 27 Million for many is hard to comprehend. But what Alina? What about Veronica, Mihaela, Carolina, Svetlana, and Daniela? Now it starts to get personal. These are just a few who will need our help in the very near future. These are REAL people who are very much at risk. These are some of the girls that Crossroads Compassion Project hopes to reach out to very soon.
“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity” – George Bernard Shaw
“Will you please help us?”