However, human trafficking is not limited to females age 14 and up. It isn't even limited to sex trafficking. This is a problem that affects both male and female people from birth up to the mid to late 60's at least! Some churches in Clark County have programs to help people who have been trafficked and want to be rescued.
People who are specially trained (mostly ex military or ex police) do the rescues. Then comes the hard part. Helping the victims to relearn that they are worth being loved, that they are still human beings and not just objects or slaves.
What you can do to help. First - when you see the signs in bathroom stalls throughout the area, leave them alone unless you are cleaning off graffiti. Second - be aware of the fact that the I-5 corridor is a major thoroughfare for transporting people. Some people are taken in the US, some in Canada, and some in Mexico and South America. They are sometimes transported to a different country so that they will have less chance of getting help. Third - become aware of the issues and how this can be happening in your own area as well as the rest of the world.
To assist with the third part, here are a few books that have been used by multiple churches to help their congregations become aware of some of the issues.
The Slave Next Door by Kevin Bales & Ron Soodalter
The Whistleblower – Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman’s Fight for Justice by Kathryn Bolkovac
In Our Backyard – A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States by Nita Belles
The White Umbrella: Walking with Survivors of Sex Trafficking by Mary Francis Bowley
Homeschoolers from the US, Canada and beyond share their trips. Check out the upcoming trips and special events that will be covered this year.
Some fun number activities
Did you ever wonder how long it takes to count to one million? The linked website can calculate it for you based on how long it takes you to count to 20.
How many grains of rice would you get on the last square if you started at one corner of a chessboard and put one grain of rice on it. Then, put two grains on the second square, four on the third, and so on. Doubling the last square's amount. Pennies, small blocks, or Lego pieces might stack better.
Geography activities, anyone
Reading a map becomes easier if you first make a map. Start by mapping a bedroom, house, or yard. Then go on to grander items.
Marking where you have lived, or where your ancestors have lived, on a state, US, or world map can be a fun activity. Discussions arise about the different lifestyles especially if it is in different time periods.
One activity that you can do is to find a picture of a famous painting and trace it. You can do one or multiple copies. Then color it in with colored pencils, markers, or crayons. If you do all three, how is the effect different?
Whether you are a photographer, a "birder" or someone who just enjoys watching and being in nature, this one-size-fits-all experience will surely give you a taste of the Refuge. This four mile loop gives visitors of all physical abilities the chance to see many habitats and wildlife up close in any season as you use your vehicle as a viewing blind.
Note: Photo taken by a CCHE member through a van window on the Auto Tour Route.