Sex trafficking is big business. Girls of all ages are enslaved, brainwashed, beaten, raped and humiliated daily. Most people who fight for the freedom and rehabilitation of these sex slaves are ordinary people who work to make a difference and speak for the voiceless. These people follow their hearts to do what they can in small and big ways so that one day people can beat sex slavery and be free.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

TEDxCincinnati Change Re-cap: Use what you do to help end sex trafficking

I have the honor of being on the planning team for TEDxCincinnati.  We just had a fantastic TEDxChange event last week at St. Michael's Art Sanctuary.  The complete line-up of speakers was truly inspiring.  It seemed to me that every TED Talk last Saturday was very much in line with the vision for this documentary.  From Ashley Beckett's charge to examine how we as individuals engage with the charities we fund, how aid workers engage with countries in need, how humanitarian organizations engage with the people they support, to Ramsey Ford's "Somebody please tweet this," charge that "Successful community change needs to be owned by the community!"  I was blessed to be a witness all day. 

One of the highlights of the day (aside from going through a Taco Tunnel for lunch and U2 covered by a harpist), was the moving (literally) presentation by Stacy Sims

Stacy explains why it is important to connect with & be aware of our bodies every day

As founder of the True Body Project, Stacy Sims explores through movement self-examination and critical thinking about the body and body image. Stacy discussed how small somatic shifts in the way we unite our minds and bodies can transform our lives, allowing us to become productive, creative and connected to ourselves and those around us.

I met Stacy last November with the intent to share the vision of this documentary. We have a few friends in common and they had urged me to contact her.  Why? Because she does what I hope this film inspires everyone to do: Use who you are and what you do everyday to help end sex slavery.  Stacy uses her wisdom about movement and the mind/body connection to help people step into a full sense of themselves, enabling them to move forward with confidence in who they are and pursue bigger dreams.  She does this with all types of people. And she does this with victims of sex trafficking.  

How will this help end sex trafficking?  Stacy has traveled to Cambodia to work with the young women rescued from sex slavery in the Transitions after care homes, aptly called Dream Homes.  After years of being raped for profit at the hands of their traffickers, these young women have coped by disconnecting from their bodies and their dreams of a better life.  They have disconnected from hope.  Stacy works with them to help them feel safe in their bodies again.  It's a complex journey of healing they have to navigate. But once they feel safe and connected to their bodies, they can pursue their true dreams with creative inspiration.  They begin to stop thinking that returning to their pimp is their only option.  And THAT stops traffickers in their tracks.

Stacy, thanks for generously sharing your life and wisdom with others. I am blessed to know you and consider you a partner in ending human trafficking! 

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