When Amy sent us her story about why she helped start the RLR club at her school, we wanted to share. The love that she has for her friends and family overflowed to others when she finally understood the dangers of sex trafficking. We hope that you are inspired by Amy's passion for awareness!
I first heard about sex trafficking when I was about ten years old. My mother had told me to be careful around strangers because one of my sisters or I could get taken away. She then explained to me all the dangers of the world so that I could protect, not only my self, but my two younger sisters. Because I was so little and I never experienced it, I didn't really understand sex trafficking. But that same year, the movie Taken came out and I watched it. It was definitely the start of wanting to fight against sex trafficking because I would never want anything like that to happen to my friends or family. Fast forward to my first year of high school. I was fifteen years old sitting in my health class when two women came into class and talked about Red Light Rebellion and what they do.
Awareness is very important to me. There was an incident where someone close to me had to experience something she shouldn't have. I remember feeling like I could have done something to prevent what had happened to her, I felt so useless. It was a wake up call for me to take action. My family is my main priority and I will go to any lengths to keep them safe. So my first step was to sign up to create a club at my high school. For two years we had meetings, and spoke with teachers to have a sponsor. Red Light Rebellion officially became a club my junior year. I learned many things from RLR's team and I made sure to pass on the information to my younger sisters, parents, and friends.
I encourage everyone, no matter the age, to get involved with Red Light Rebellion. Sex trafficking shouldn't be something that we learn about when it is too late, what good would that do? I encourage you to take action: do your research, talk with someone involved with RLR, teach others about it. This is something we have to stand up against and fight. If we don't, sex trafficking will continue to grow and it will never go away.