Stop Child Trafficking Now volunteers are making exceptional strides to end human trafficking and child exploitation.
Online PR News – 03-May-2010 – – NEW YORK, NY - The people behind child trafficking are predators who drive the sex industry in every community. There are some, however, that are going above and beyond in order to make strides to end human trafficking. Some of these people are the many volunteers that aid Stop Child Trafficking Now.
Human trafficking is the recruitment, smuggling, transporting, harboring, buying or selling of a person through force, threats, fraud, deception or coercion with the intention of exploitation, prostitution, pornography, migrant work, sweat shops, domestic servitude, forced labor, bondage, peonage or involuntary servitude. It is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world and is a form of modern day slavery.
"My husband Ron and I were growing increasingly tormented by what we were learning about sex trafficking in the United States. We decided we had to do something and that is how SCTNow began. We started becoming more and more knowledgeable about the issue and were lucky enough to have the opportunity to meet influential people who felt just as strongly as we do about this awful crime. We are now in our second year with over fifty cities and one hundred campuses involved in our fight against child trafficking," says Lynette Lewis, Co-Founder of SCTNow.org (http://www.sctnow.org/).
SCTNow has launched a national campaign to raise money for retired elite military operatives, targeting the demand side of trafficking. These operative teams gather information on child predators both in the United States and abroad and use this information to convict child sex buyers. This charity organization looks to sponsors and donors to help fund the teams of operatives, as well as the volunteers and people who choose to take part in charity walks. The walks include a Stiletto Run in Denver, Colorado, as well as community walks around the USA and Canada to raise awareness and funds to end child exploitation.
Volunteers are making great strides to spread awareness and raise funds for SCTNow. One such volunteer, Elisha Krauss, a 24-year-old radio producer in New York City, is taking her own steps toward battling human trafficking. Through her campaign called 10 for 10K, she raised $1,000 for every inch of her hair. Elisha raised over $12,000 and donated the funds to SCTNow. She cut off her hair and donated it to another charity, Locks of Love.
Danielle Myers, a seventeen-year-old high school student spent the final months of her Senior year, organizing a Stop Child Trafficking Now Walk; rallying her community of Portland, Oregon in the fight against child slavery. Danielle, the youngest Stop Child Trafficking Now Ambassador, did the job of volunteers twice her age. Her noble efforts raised thousands of dollars for SCTNow.
"These are just two of our amazing volunteers working to raise awareness and help us end child trafficking. Our organization couldn't exist without them and we're extremely grateful to have their help," said Lewis.
About Stop Child Trafficking Now:
Stop Child Trafficking Now is a charity organization whose main goal is to put an end to child trafficking. The organization addresses the demand side of trafficking, a bold approach focused on prosecuting the men/women who are fueling the child sex slave industry. SCTNow believes for every child rescued, another takes his or her place. In order to end slavery, demand must end. The organization held its first flagship walk on September 2009 in New York City, with nearly 40 cities nationwide holding simultaneous events. 2010 Walk events are slated for October 2, 3.