OK, so I’m old! I said it. I won’t say how old, but, I’m old. I’m old enough to remember the 60’s. I’m old enough to be retired. I’m a Baby Boomer.
Baby Boomers are people born between 1946 and 1964. We make up about a quarter of the US population. Like me, there are a lot of us Baby Boomers dropping out of the work force and dropping into the “serving” industry because, even though we are old, we want to continue to make a difference with our lives.
As Martin Luther King said, “Our lives begin to end the day we are silent about things that matter.” I don’t want to go silently into the night. I want our generation to rekindle the passion of the 60’s. Dr. King also said, “The time is always right to do what is right.” I’ve devoted my time and energy to solving a massive problem. That problem is Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.
Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking is the commercial sexual exploitation of American children within U.S. borders. It is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a minor for the purpose of a commercial sex act, where the person is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident under the age of 18 years.
Will you join me in becoming engaged in the battle to end trafficking?
When asked why Baltimore is such a favorite target for sex trafficking, a rescued child victim responded that it is because no one cares. We often hear that prostitution is a victimless crime, that it is the oldest profession, that by legalizing it, the “bad effects” (disease and drugs) will be controlled. But I maintain its victims are not only those directly involved, but society as a whole.
Social ills are not isolated events. More frequently than not, social ills occur when poverty and desperation are side by side with wealth and disposable income. As Martin Luther King said, ”Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” We are all affected by this “victimless crime.”
If you are a Boomer with time to give, we need you to join our mission to end Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. At Araminta we will equip you and mobilize you to make a difference.
Steve Martin – a Certified Araminta Volunteer