To the victims in this horrific situation: know that you are not alone. You are loved, valued, and appreciated. There is a network of advocates and organizations here for you, and you can have a future without exploitation and violence. We want to make sure what has happened to you doesn’t happen to anyone else.
To those with a voice: learn the ‘red flags.’ As allies, we must take a stand and speak up for victims. Until the number of these atrocities reaches zero, our responsibility is not complete. Evils can only thrive if we choose to ignore them and allow them to remain in the darkness. Neglecting this challenge will only generate more suffering, leaving the most vulnerable unprotected. In the end, we will win this fight.
This February 13th is “Shine a Light on Slavery Day.” Together, we can take a stand and give aid to those trapped in the darkness of human trafficking.
U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, represents Ga.’s 11th Congressional District.