Nevada is well known for its legal prostitution and gambling. Also, Vegas, aka "Sin City". I grew up in "The Biggest Little City in the World," Reno. Although I have never actually been to Vegas, I can tell you that Reno is really sinful and broken, too (just as much as any city, I'd assume). As a person living in the city, you are easily desensitized to photos of mostly naked women because they are everywhere. Strip clubs are normal and everyone knows that in less than an hours drive you can be at a brothel to buy whatever kind of girl you'd like for an hour or two.
I remember becoming a Christian and realizing how devastating that was and wishing I could change it, but feeling like human trafficking was a monster that couldn't be stopped, let alone by me.
Fortunately, I'm not the only one that wants to see the end of slavery. There is a group that I got involved with that is working oh so hard to see the end of it, too. Awaken has made massive strides to change things in Reno and I am so thankful for all of the resources I received and all that I was able to learn by working with them.
After moving to Wyoming, I still felt the tug on my heart to advocate for the victims of this crime, but wasn't sure how I could get involved. Traveling, I witnessed a girl being sold by her pimp on the street and just a few months later, it was Dressember (2013).
"Dressember is a collaborative movement leveraging fashion and creativity to restore dignity to all women. Dressember uses fashion to advocate for women who've been exploited for their femininity. As women take on the creative challenge of wearing a dress for the 31 days of December, they are advocating for the inherent dignity of all women.
Dressember exists to inspire and empower a global community of like-minded women who are locking arms to face one of the greatest injustices of our time.
The heart of Dressember is freedom-- that every woman has the right to live a vibrant and autonomous life."
This year, I am locking arms with 2,544 other women that are fighting for freedom too. I know that it seems too late to join, but really, it's never too late to be an advocate. Put on a dress. Donate. Scream and shout because people are worth it.