Earlier, I shared with you an interview with Miriam Lilly (read it here). But there’s something really important Miriam didn’t mention and it’s one of the main reasons I asked Miriam to do the interview this week.
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and you may or may not know:
- There are over 21 million people in forced labor around the world.
- Almost 19 million of these victims are being exploited by private individuals or enterprises, while over 2 million are victimized by state or rebel groups.
- Of those 19 million, at least 4.5 million are victims of sexual exploitation.
- Forced labor in the private economy generates $150 billion U.S. dollars in illegal profits each year.”
(International Labor Organization)
As Miriam began preparing for her trip, people started asking how they could help. Miriam had finished paying off her debts and didn’t have any needs. That’s when she found herself asking “Could a road trip stop traffick?” and made the decision to use her 50,000 mile road trip as a platform to raise $50,000 for the International Justice Mission and Project A21: organizations that provide awareness, rescue missions, and recovery support to victims worldwide.
If you’ve been as inspired by Miriam as I am, you can get more of her over at SoSheWent.com, or connect with her on social media. She’s at Facebook.com/soshewent and on Twitter and Instagram @SoSheWent.