Personal Narrative: Human Sharing At Christopher Newport University

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Generally I overthink everything, but for some reason when it comes to justice-related issues everything is very clear and simple to me. It all started in 2011; I was fourteen years old, it was 2 am, and I was watching a mini-series about human trafficking on Youtube. Honestly, searching “human trafficking” on Youtube was the exact opposite of what my anti-human trafficking buddy Kathy told me to do, but for some reason I did it anyway.
After watching this miniseries, I felt like an anvil was dropped on me. I remember sitting in a dog-chewed chair in my dining room just staring at the wall in front of me. What had I done? I had exposed myself to an entire world of injustice to which I had previously been ignorant-- nothing in my life would ever be the same again. William WIlberforce 's words had never rang truer to me. “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” I could never forgot the horrors I had seen and honestly, I did not want to. I felt pain inside, not because this information was too much for me
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IJM is an organization that works globally in order to provide, rescue and restoration to survivors of injustices such as sex trafficking, forced labor, and citizenship rights abuse. As well as raising awareness and money on campus I have also had the opportunity to write three research papers on human trafficking and legal prostitution. Over the past two summers I have also had the opportunity to travel to Asia twice, and spend time becoming friends with women in the sex industry while pointing them towards other job opportunities. What is my motivation? There are two sources of inspiration I can attribute this passion and care to -- God and personal

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