Recently, a dear friend of mine launched a Kickstarter campaign to finish paying for a film about the sex trafficking of children in North America. The film was one of the first to paint a comprehensive picture about the fact that most American men who go overseas to exploit children have actually done it here at home first. It also points out that women and children who are trafficked into the country from other places are often accorded protections and welfare services (rightly so) while American kids are arrested and jailed for prostitution because they've been trafficked across state lines and not national borders.
She's trying to raise $200,000 (after successfully raising $1.3M pre-recession) but has found that some folks simply find the topic just too difficult to think about. I wonder if it's a sign of the times - is there such a saturation of bad news that people simply can't read about something so terrible? And yet, child trafficking becomes more profitable and more frequent precisely at times like this. What do you think?
If you're interested in learning more, the kickstarter campaign can be found here: http://kck.st/JU0HCE
and the website fills in much of the information I've left out... campaign13.org
Of course, I want to help her and the cause - but is this topic just too much...?