After speaking at the Christopher Lavell Jones Foundation's annual fundraiser event, I was asked to speak again to raise money for sex trafficking victims. On March 28, at Seventh Avenue Baptist Church located at 1740 7th Avenue in Oakland, I did just that with members of Respecting Our Young African Americans & Latinos (ROYALs).
As a parent, I'm even more sensitive to issues such as this. I brought my son along to support the cause. But while I was there to not only make sure my son is aware and active in the community alongside me, I wondered what happened to the parents of these child trafficking victims. Do they know what their child(ren) are doing? Were they also victims of sex trafficking? Sex trafficking can happen to anyone so I think if all communities work together that we can help the victims get through this horrible situation. While I didn't speak to any victims directly, I was honored to work with ROYALs to help the cause.
If you know anyone who is involved in or you are a victim of sex trafficking, please contact 888-373-7888 for help.