July 25, 2008

Humanity is Not for Sale

Art brings awareness to the issue of human trafficking

By Maria Reyna

I recently had the opportunity to attend and be a part of the “Humanity is Not For Sale” event. I had the honor to exhibit some of my Arte, as well as an art workshop for children of all ages.

Monica Carrasco from the Salvation Army called me and asked me if Id like to participate in this event.

I had not heard much about “Human Trafficking,” except for the occasional story on the news of a housekeeper being abused.

When I received this call I immediately said “Yes.”

I don’t even know how she got my name and number, but I’m glad that the Salvation Army included me to be part of the solution to bring awareness of this international issue, to help raise funds and assist the victims of these monstrous atrocities being committed against children, women and men.

Every one who was a part of this event doesn’t know the word “apathy.”

I also had the honor to meet the Publisher of “The Immigrant Magazine,” who asked me if I was an immigrant. You know, it took me a few seconds to answer the question.

And yes, I am an immigrant and so are my brothers and sisters. I am grateful to my mother for bringing me to this country at the young age of four and thank God that she brought her children to the U.S.

I don’t have the modern day Immigrant issues and problems.

But an Immigrant I am.

“The Immigrant Magazine” brings together and unites people from all over the world. What a wonderful way to unite, inform and network all the peoples of all nations and of all colors.

My respect goes out to Pamela and Charles Anchang, the publishers of “The Immigrant Magazine.”

I have vowed to do good things with this gift that I now posses. Many good things have come from my painting and doing art with children.

Human trafficking is a world wide atrocity. It is estimated that there are at least 27 million victims enslaved in labor and sex trafficking internationally.

Just as disturbing, the same government agency also estimates that more than 200,000 U.S. born children are at risk for trafficking into the sex industry each year.

To learn more about this issue contact The Salvation Army.

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