People have asked us time and time again…”why an old shipping container?”
HERE IS WHY:
“Right here in the U.S., and particularly in large cities such as New York, some of our most vulnerable children, foster children, are victims of human tracking.
In June 2014, FBI agents and police officers participated in a weeklong effort across the country to rescue child sex trafficking victims, finding minors as young as 11 in hotel rooms, truck stops and homes. Many of the rescued children were never reported as missing, despite being under the supervision of state child welfare systems.
Historically, reports suggest a majority of children involved in sex trafficking are either currently in foster care or have been involved with the child welfare system in the past. Consider this:
- In 2013, 60 percent of the child sex trafficking victims recovered as part of a FBI nationwide raid from over 70 cities were children from foster care or group homes.
Of children reported missing to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children who are also likely sex trafficking victims, 60 percent were in foster care or group homes when they ran away.”
- Cases that have been prosecuted in Wyoming and in cases prosecuted in other states that show victims were moved through Wyoming (U.S. v. Jacobo Dominguez Vazquez (2007) and U.S. v. Askarkhodjaev, et al.(2010)).
Stories from victims, service providers, attorneys, and law enforcement that show human trafficking is happening but that traffickers are operating with impunity.”
SO AGAIN, WHY A SHIPPING CONTAINER?
Because cargo or shipping containers are used to transport victims of human trafficking in large quantities across our state, across oceans, worldwide. We believe each life is precious, important, and sacred. Shipping containers have been used to illegally trade human beings and worse, it is world’s fastest growing criminal industry. In fact, every 30 seconds, someone becomes a victim of modern-day slavery.
WHAT CAN I DO?
By being a part of Laramie Foster Closet, you are standing in the gap, telling foster children that they matter, supporting foster families at their points of need. It all starts with one shipping container. But maybe one day, more. It all starts with the foster children here in Laramie. If we shine a light here, it will spread.
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