Auschwitz is on a tour, lest we forget Nazi death camps.**
Human trafficking has been on tour, but not in museums.
It moves with slave keepers wherever they find those who’ll pay
under tables for power, pleasure and unlawful gain.
Bring it closer, so I can hear.
Bring it nearer so I can see.
The numbers of victims are huge, how can they be so unobserved?
We asked Germans and Poles how they could not see. Now it’s we
who are hoodwinked and docile; now it’s we who claim
we don’t see. And we don’t. I don’t. Is it staring at me?
Make it louder, I will listen.
Make it stink so I’ll see.
The exhibits are flesh and bones, human victims of greed.
As long as we buy under-priced and illicit products,
as long as we believe we can’t afford and must possess
and need not know nor care—we contribute, we are there.
Tell me where the buck stops.
Show me how the buck can stop with me.
Awareness brings on pain, and I am willing to feel it.
Small steps prepare the ground, and I am willing to begin.
Little progress may discourage, but I am willing tostay true, to believe as horror ends, justice will break through.
For my prompt
*The ribbon colors are dark blue for human trafficking, light blue for child abuse
and teal for sexual abuse victims. “Individually, the colors represent so many
other awareness issues. Therefore it is important to custom design a ribbon
specific to the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking and child sexual
exploitation,” said Sherri Jefferson, the founder of the African American
Juvenile Justice Project. Sherri Jefferson is the founder and managing
attorney of the Family Law Center, the LawMobile is the LawOnWheels
initiative. and the AAJJP and has been dedicated to improving
the lives of clients’ one family at a time. 22 October 2015
By JOANNA BERENDT, --NYTimes, Thursday 7/27/2017
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