Keep Up the Fight Against Child Sex Trafficking

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In a piece for the Huffington Post, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett says that we've made great progress on this issue, but we still have a long way to go.

Yesterday, I was honored to attend the 7th Annual Pearls of Purpose Gala hosted by FAIRgirls. FAIR stands for Free, Aware, Inspired, and Restored, and it works to prevent the exploitation of girls worldwide with empowerment and education. At the gala, I spoke about the horror of child sex trafficking — a crime that President Obama and his administration have been fighting hard to end for good.

About a year ago, I visited FAIRgirls. I will never forget sitting around the table with a group of girls as they used beads to make earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. At first, I was struck at how hard they each concentrated on their masterpieces, with meticulous attention to detail. But then, slowly, they began to share their stories.

As the girls described the atrocities they had suffered — in many cases, for years — my blood boiled. How on earth could this happen time and time again, right here in our community? How could the internet be used so blatantly as a tool to sell our children into slavery?

Read Valerie Jarrett's entire piece at the Huffington Post.

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