Wants to make a change

To the editor:

Currently worldwide, 20.9 million adults and children are bought and sold into commercial sexual servitude, forced labor, or bonded labor. About 4.5 million of those people are part of sexual exploitation, 14.2 million into forced labor, and 2.2 million forced into state imposed labor. Today, women and girls are sold for the price of $72. Women are kidnapped and coerced into sexual servitude to be sold at truck stops, through the Internet, street prostitution, or brothels. Girls as young as six years of age are being tossed around like a piece of meat.

I read a story about a girl named Robin. Robin was 6 years of age when her mother sold her into slavery. Robin’s mother would come into her room with a handkerchief full of chloroform, which would cause her to pass out. Then, her mother would sell her body and videotape the rapes while Robin was knocked out. Robin was later rescued and it wasn’t until many months later the association had discovered she was put through sexual servitude. Another girl, Kelly, was given promises of love from her boyfriend Thomas. Thomas and the people in his gang raped Kelly multiple times. Kelley was left with an unplanned pregnancy. After the pregnancy, Kelley was forced into sexual servitude at truck stops all across the nation. Kelly was once held at gunpoint, robbed, and then raped by her intruders leaving her with another unplanned pregnancy. She had to work for 36 hours straight, raising over $3,000. Kelly was also rescued when a man at a truck stop called the police. There are thousands of stories from girls who were put through this repulsive act.

Many people do not want to believe this still happens in our world. It is a heartbreaking realization this happens to innocent girls in our world. These girls do not get to have a say in what they want to eat, what they want to wear, where they want to live, and more importantly, they don’t get to say no. We do get a say in what we eat, what we wear, where we live. We can be the voices of the girls who don’t get to. This is an epidemic that needs to end. We can start by making this aware. This is why I write to you, dear readers. To make a change.

Rebekah Henkelman

Fort Dodge