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#SpotlightOnCLT: Present Age Ministries

Written by Grace Kennedy    on February 5, 2019    in
Written by Grace Kennedy


Before I wrote this article, my understanding of human trafficking was limited to what I had seen in movies like Taken and Crash. Needless to say, I had a lot of learning to do.

Present Age Ministries opened my eyes to the reality of human trafficking. As a mother of a daughter and as a Charlottean, I was stunned to learn that it's prevalent, it's pervasive, and it's happening right in front of our eyes - to girls in every ZIP code in this community.

Charlotte is the number-one city for human trafficking in a state that ranks eighth in the country. Considering only two percent of worldwide human trafficking victims are rescued, it's clear that this city needs help.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Heart and Blood Health

Written by Nicole Copsis    on February 4, 2019    in



February is American Heart Month and heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. It is important to help spread the word about not only the risks, but also the solutions. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented and awareness is the first step! 

We will be not only be highlighting our nonprofit partners who work to promote healthy hearts this month, but also those who help to promote healthy blood pumping through them as well! This month there are hearts almost everywhere you look - heart shaped balloons, cards and chocolate boxes, but let's not forget about those that are with us all year long and the nonprofits who help keep them going! 


HeartBright Foundation

#SpotlightOnCLT: Love146

Written by Nicole Copsis    on January 25, 2019    in

Written by Grant Stimmel


Like animals in a zoo, but worse.

You wait for your number to be called. 

17. 34. 92. One by one the other girls leave…

Then it is just you. Number 146

Nameless, alone, you await your bidder. Then, finally, you are called. Escorted from the glass room, your dress hangs loose. You are 11-years-old, and only beginning the worst night of your life. Only this happened last night, too. And the night before that. Tomorrow, there will be more of the same.

You are a child sex slave. Not 1,000 years ago. Today.

You are who Love146 is trying to help.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Compassion to Act

Written by Eden Estabrook    on January 17, 2019    in
Written by Eden Estabrook
Photography by Nathan Villaume
 

Did you know that Charlotte is the #1 city in NC and #7 city in the nation for human trafficking activity? Stunned? Hold on. There’s more. A girl is bought and sold every 15 seconds for an average cost of $90. That means, by the time you finished reading that statistic, one girl has been forced into human trafficking. By the time you finish reading this article… well. You do the math. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Lily Pad Haven

Written by Holly Blackman    on January 10, 2019    in

 

Written by Holly Blackman
 

Human trafficking can sound like a humanitarian heartstring issue, pulling on the fringe of society, and before meeting a victim - a college student who was coerced into what was advertised as a modeling agency career photo shoot - I coldly dismissed sex trafficking as the modern-day term for prostitution. I quickly realized this is real life where people are preyed upon, often drugged and abused. 

Vulnerability creates desperation, and loneliness, low self-esteem, lack of familial structure or money trouble presents itself at a bus stop, a facade of a relationship, 

“But what can I DO?,” I often think.

January Spotlight Series: Spotlight On Human Trafficking

Written by Nicole Copsis    on January 3, 2019    in


January is National Human Trafficking Awareness month and with North Carolina climbing the list of high risk states year after year (and Charlotte being the #1 region in North Carolina where human trafficking is most prevalent), it is an issue that our community cannot afford to ignore. Thankfully, there are local nonprofit organizations who work tirelessly to protect against this issue.  In order to help raise awareness this month, SHARE Charlotte’s January Spotlight Series will focus on our nonprofit partners who serve those at risk and/or those who have already been affected and are recovering from the horrors of human trafficking.

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