I’ve seen many people talk about how they wish kids would be allowed to have a traditional snow day instead of going virtual. I know for children like me out there, a virtual school day could save them from extra “working” hours.
My parents would have made an effort to have me in school for those virtual days, to keep up appearances. To keep the school from questioning what was going on at home. A virtual day would have been continued safety for me.
A snow day for me would have meant an extra day of being trafficked.
I’ve never known the delight of watching the snow fall. As I watched the closed schools tick across the bottom of the local news station, I was never excited to see my school. I prayed I would have to bundle up and wait for the bus like any other winter day. I often began to cry as my school scrolled across the bottom of the screen. It meant I would spend the entire day being raped, beaten, and sold.
Today I am thankful for the schools who chose to go virtual. And I pray for the children who do not have a safe place to go today when school is cancelled.
Did you know?
Sex trafficking is the second-largest criminal industry in the country and affects every age, gender, race, and social class. We need to come together to fight this horrible injustice.
Hundreds of thousands of children are trafficked each year in the U.S.
NCMEC reported a 93% increase in online enticement reports during COVID-19.
The average age a person is first trafficked is 12 years old.
40% of child sex trafficking victims are sold by a family member.