Can you imagine waking up in the morning, not in your comfortable bedroom, but locked in a damp, wooden shack with no windows or fresh air? Can you imagine not being able to spend your weekly allowance on clothes, comics, or magazines, but rather being beaten and abused if you don’t bring home enough money? Can you imagine that on a Saturday morning, instead of getting up to play video games or hang out with friends, you are forced to wake up and provide sexual services for up to 20 customers in a day?
Can you imagine?
This is the reality facing 2 million children worldwide today. They are being exploited in the sex trade on a daily basis. And if circumstances were different…if you were born into a different family, into a different life, maybe in a different country, it could be you. This is a very scary thing to think about, but it’s the truth. Children in exploitative situations do not choose this reality.
At OneChild we know that given the chance, and given the right tools and information, young people will do whatever they can to help their peers. So if you’ve already gotten INFORMED, then it’s time to take action. BECOME A MEMBER to get our newsletter, the WorldShakers Quarterly. Start a ONECHILD ONEVOICE CHAPTER at your school. Get the ball rolling at your school, and book an expert ONECHILD SPEAKER. Or SPEAK OUT yourself. Participate in OneChild’s Break the Chains or PIMP campaign or DESIGN YOUR OWN ACTION to raise money and awareness.
It’s up to you how far you want to go with OneChild, but no matter how far you decide, we’ll be there with you, every step of the way.