Imagine that you are 15, the oldest of 8, and your father has just died. Your mother accepted a job as a cook at a nearby illegal logging camp, and was forced to become a prostitute. You need to find work and help put food on the table. But how?
This was Lydia’s question. She saw that there were no safe jobs available near her home in the Peruvian Amazon, so she left for the city. Once there, with no community and no education, she was living on the streets with no job prospects. At a loss for what to do an older man approached her, offering her food and a place to stay if she would clean his house. She would finally be able to help her family.
Growing up in the Amazon where bartering and trading are the main forms of payment, Lydia had no sense of the value of money. Working longer hours everyday, the man told her that she was not working hard enough to pay the costs of her meals and rent. He told her that she had to sleep with him in order to repay her debts. Lydia was trapped.
This did not need to happen. When you donate, you are changing the lives of children like Cristina, Alex and Lydia, you are taking a stand saying you believe we can end child trafficking. We need you to act this week. Our campaign ends this Sunday.
Stand with us this last week in saying that no child should be for sale. No matter how hard they work, no matter how smart they are, children cannot protect themselves from exploitation. They need you.