Every Day Should be Human Trafficking Awareness Day

I have a good friend who has been married for 22 years.  In fact, they were high school sweethearts and have been together for just over 30 years.  That is an accomplishment by anyone’s standards, but even more amazing is that they appear to be as much in love today as they were when first married.

One year at Valentine’s Day, I realized they do not really celebrate the occasion, which puzzled me.  When I asked them why, their reply was that they believed we all should try to show each other how much we love each other every day, not just on Valentine’s Day.

Now, some of you may say this is just a way to get out of buying a Valentine’s Day gift, but I can honestly say this couple meant it and do more than just talk the talk; they walk the walk.

We all tend to be more compassionate and caring around certain times of the year.  Whether it is being thankful at Thanksgiving, giving and sharing at Christmas, showing our love on Valentine’s Day, or being patriotic and remembering our veterans on the 4th of July and Veteran’s Day, we can be compassionate people.

However, I think the world would be a better place if more of us lived our daily lives the way this couple approaches love and Valentine’s Day.

We at Phantom Rescue feel the same about Human Trafficking Awareness Day.  Today, January 11th, is the day to spread the word about Human Trafficking and encourage others to take a stand.  While we applaud the effort and welcome everyone’s voice in this fight, it seems to us that every day should be Human Trafficking Awareness Day.  The abductions and child trafficking do not stop because of one day of awareness.  It takes more than that, just as it takes more than a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day to show your significant other how much they mean to you.

Please do not misunderstand us – we are not disparaging Valentine’s Day or Human Trafficking Awareness Day.  However, we are asking you to make a commitment to join your voice and your energy to fighting this atrocity EVERY DAY, not just today.  These victims need us to remember and fight EVERY SINGLE DAY, because for them, the nightmare does not end until someone brings them home.

Join us in this fight today, and stay with us through the end.  Together, we can stop the abductions and defeat this scourge on our society.