Directly from the CCF site:
There is a problem.
Will you be part of the solution?
Human Trafficking is personal to me.
I mentored a young 14 year-old middle school student in the Columbus (Ohio) City School district. One morning on her way to school, two men pulled up to her bus stop, jumped out with a gun and threatened to shoot her if she didn’t get in the car. In the backseat she saw two other teenage girls, with duct tape over their mouths. She told me that at that moment she’d rather die on the sidewalk then be kidnapped and raped, so she took off running. The man with the gun began counting down “3… 2… 1…” as if to shoot her, but neighbors came out when they heard the commotion and the men drove off. She gave extensive information to the police, but so far as I know, they were never caught and the girls in the backseat never rescued.
This is happening all over America and the World. Human Trafficking is essentially a modern term for an old problem–slavery. There are actually more people enslaved today than there were during the historic Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade we hear so much about.
Most of it is children, and most of it is sexual slavery–forced prostitution, and the girls are usually runaways who are taken advantage of or are kidnaped intentionally for this purpose. After an intense weekend of being raped by paying customers (one testimony from a survivor I heard was 30 men in less than as many hours), a girl is broken, and a pimp has power over her to do what he wants. She is sold to the highest bidder and her life is no longer her own, and never, ever the same.
So far Comic Creators for Freedom has raised $22,500! Imagine what we can do this year.
We donate 100% of what we raise to charity. The money is donated directly to global organization Love 146. I think what they are trying to do is very important. Read more about this organization below.
I think all children deserve the right to grow up healthy and free! And luckily, so do a lot of my friends.
-Lora Innes (The Dreamer)
Last month, I had posted an image I did of Calvin and Hobbes as the Fourth Doctor and the Eleventh Doctor as a Manga Studio warm up. Or was that the Fourth Doctor and the Eleventh Doctor pretending to be Calvin and Hobbes? In any case, several people wanted tshirts made of the image. Who amI to argue? You can purchase the image on various colored tshirts and iPhone cases at Redbubble.
Let me know if you end up getting one. I’d be interested to see how it turns out.
I used to have a Facebook group for this comic, but I had forgotten about it through various updates in Facebook. But I got it active again. If you’d like to join me there, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/swiftriver. See you there!