This past summer I had the privilege of interning at the Salvation Army’s Director of Partnership office, where I learned about human trafficking. While my work consisted of scheduling meetings, and putting things together for our Advocacy Day, I did have to learn about the work that the Salvation Army is doing in regards to human trafficking. What stuck me the most is that human trafficking is a very serious problem in America, and each of us has a role to stop it.
Unfortunately, people think that human trafficking is confined to other foreign and poorer countries. We also tend to think that human trafficking is small problem that does not have a significant impact on people, other than those who have been directly affected by hit. However, that could no be further from the truth. It is estimated that 35.8 million people are human trafficked each year (“The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia - Anti-Human Trafficking Program,” n.d.). In addition, revenues from this practice are estimated to be $150 billion, more than Coke, Nike and Starbuck’s incomes combined (“The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia - Anti-Human Trafficking Program,” n.d.). In Pennsylvania alone, there are a reported 500 cases each year (“The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia - Anti-Human Trafficking Program,” n.d.).
Even though each of us cannot individually solve this problem, we can each play a role in making the lives better for individuals who have been trafficked in their life. We can be the change, and it starts by donating money, microwavable foods/snacks, women’s clothing and personal care products to A New Hope. A New Hope is the name of my entrepreneurial marketing class charity group, which is working with the Salvation Army this semester. For more information on the Salvation Army’s work, please visit http://pa.salvationarmy.org/greater-philadelphia/NewDay.
If you would like to donate any of the in-kind goods listed above, I can be reached at ScottD.Siebert@temple.edu. All proceeds will be sent to the Salvation Army. With your help, we can all “Do the Most Good.”