Okay, I’ll admit it. I have Bieber fever. So does my husband Jay. We recently found out that a few years ago a bunch of Jay’s guy friends had been lured into the theatre by their wives to see Never Say Never, a movie documenting Justin Bieber’s rise to fame. After being told that it was actually “not that bad,” we decided to give it a try. And they were right – other than the screaming tweens, we found the story oddly intriguing.
Why on earth am I talking about Bieber on a blog about human trafficking? I’m getting there. Stay with me.
The film showed how Justin Bieber was discovered by Scooter Braun, but things really started to roll when Usher became his champion. It was Usher who got him signed by Island Records, and the rest is history.
cham·pi·on: An ardent defender or supporter of a cause or another person / One who fights; a warrior
Who or what are you a champion of? My heart beats for victims of sex trafficking, and I consider their plight inextricably linked to my own freedom. Not only am I a champion of those already victimized, but I am also a champion of those who are susceptible to being trafficked – whether it be due to poverty, or abusive relationships, or tragic misconceptions. It is for this reason that I write, and advocate, and speak, and research. It is also the reason my husband and I are making a documentary about legalization of prostitution and its connection to sex trafficking.
We are raising $80,000 for this film project, our hope being that through it we can shed light on the legalization debate (hot topic right now in Canada and around the world) and help change hearts and minds on the realities of prostitution. We will also be taking an in depth look at preventative models that keep those who would be vulnerable from being trafficked and exploited. We are well on our way with fundraising and would love YOU to be a champion to help us reach our goal! Here’s one cool way you can do that:
Last fall when our fundraising efforts were just getting started, some of you hopped on bikes to raise money for Hope for the Sold!
This year we have high hopes and would love for the RIDE to take use the rest of the way, so that we can hit the road and begin filming. This is an urgent issue as the legalization debate is headed to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Rides are scheduled in the cities below, but don’t worry if your city is not listed! There is also a Ride Anywhere option where you can register a team and ride in your town. For the rest, click on your city below for info! US locations here.
Right now we are especially looking for TEAM CAPTAINS – who will take the lead and encourage others in their community to form a team. Many of you ask how you can help in the fight against sex trafficking, so here’s your opportunity to put on your helmet, raise some cash, and make a difference! (Oh and p.s. – for those of you who are not in cycling shape, don’t worry! There are different ride lengths!)