“But For the Grace of God, There Go I”
Our Children’s Keeper Reality Of Combating Human Sex Trafficking
Our Children’s Keeper is a non-profit organization, whose mission is protecting and rescuing children from sex trafficking, by raising awareness, promoting personal safety, and providing psychological support to the families of these victims. There are many celebrities who “do charity” for likes and follows and free press, but the founder of Our children’s keeper is really “bout dat life”.
The founder of this foundation, Genise puts her heart, her time, and her resources into assisting one of the most marginalized communities in society. Her passion for this work comes from her understanding of the old adage, “But for the grace of God, there go I”. Genise says, “[sex trafficking] is a huge epidemic in Atlanta. It’s going on right here in in our own backyard. I can empathise because I come from a broken family. I shared all the risk factors as a child…feeling abandoned…low self-esteem. I could have easily been one of those girls.”
Our Children’s Keeper foundation is educating parents and communities about the dangers of sex trafficking. She wants people to know that it’s not just girls. Boys are being trafficked too. Also, it’s no longer just the creepy old guy hanging out near the middle school when the bell rings. Now children’s peers are pimps. There are school age boys and girls who work with sex trafficking rings to recruit other children to be exploited. She also advises parents to invade their children’s privacy. Parents must know who their children are communicating with via the internet and be aware of the sites their children are frequenting.
The foundation implores adults to be observant and aware of their surroundings. Pay attention if you see something that doesn’t feel right. Ask questions. If you see a child with an adult who appears to be scared or behaving in an awkward manner, ask the child if they’re OK. Children have been rescued by ordinary people doing unordinary things. Genise recounted the story of a woman who saved a teenage girl after witnessing her strange interaction with the adult male who brought her into a saloon to get her nails done. The woman discreetly passed the girl a note saying “Do you need help?” That note saved her life.