It is America’s hidden secret–sex trafficking right in our backyards.
Jasmine Guy wants to stop these horrific crimes this from happening. She has signed on as the new spokesperson for the I Am Not Yours! campaign, which works to eliminate child sex trafficking of young girls and women by providing financial support to assist organizations throughout the US. The six-time NAACP-Award winning actress decided to join campaign co-founder Mona Stephen to raise funds to change the lives of sex trafficking victims.
In conjunction with the City of Atlanta’s Restorative Justice Center of Atlanta, the campaign is co-hosting their first “Diamond on the Half Shell” benefit tonight at the Atlanta City Hall Atrium in the hopes of raising $50,000 for the Restorative Justice Center.
Guy and Stephen recently spoke with CocoaFab about I Am Not Yours! Here are a few important points:
“Atlanta was very high, like one of the top 3, where it was going on. I was shocked. I learned that at major events like Super Bowl … they actually ship girls in for those major events and bring them to hotels, and it’s so awful. Young the girls are kidnapped and forced into this life, and it is difficult to then have a normal life when you come out,” explained Guy in why she decided to take part in the campaign.
“There are so many people who are unaware of the epidemic, and so what we’re providing is just that height of awareness for the restorative justice center, so that corporate sponsors and our citizens can contribute dollars,”added Stephen.
Guy noted that it is happening all over the country, citing Ariel Castro case in which three young women were held captive for a decade in a Cleveland home. “I go to these centers, meet the victims, meet the survivors, talk to them. It’s very difficult,” she said. “It’s slavery and they’re profiting from it… And nobody wants to call it what it is and talk about how brutal it is, just like how nobody talks about how brutal slavery was.”
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