Holly Austin Smith Shares Story of Falling Prey to Sex Trafficking

Holly Austin Smith Shares Story of Falling Prey to Sex Trafficking

“Nobody said anything about prostitution. It just hung in the air like a slab of meat.”-Holly Austin Smith, survivor of DMST and Washington Times columnist At the opening of Araminta’s Unchained Conference on Saturday, September 14, 2013, Holly Austin Smith shared the beginning of her story. It’s the story of a young girl in 8th grade, trying to fit in with friends, wishing to be “cooler”, hoping for someone to see her as “special”. “When…

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A Call to Abolish Modern Day Sex Trafficking

A Call to Abolish Modern Day Sex Trafficking

When I was 13, I was settling into middle school, making new friends, crushing on boys and enjoying sleepovers. I was still at that ripe age of innocence before high school drama, relationship hangups and rebellion kicked in. I see now that I was fortunate to have all of these experiences, the good and the bad. Sadly, for some girls, 13 is the average age of entry into “prostitution” in the US.  Only these girls…

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Harriet Tubman: Her Legacy and How It Affects Modern-Day Slavery

Harriet Tubman: Her Legacy and How It Affects Modern-Day Slavery

I remember reading about her in middle school. About the risks she took to lead nearly 70 slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad. Thinking about the strength and courage it must have required. Yes, even at age 11, I admired her. Harriet Tubman was not just a survivor. She was an activist and a defender of freedom. This month marks the 100th anniversary of her death. Two proposed national parks, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad…

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This flame won’t burn out, this love will conquer

This flame won’t burn out, this love will conquer

I feel unsettled by the world around me. I seem to have more questions than I do answers most days. No more waiting. It’s time to act. To be bold and fearless. To try and fail. And try again. To put myself in those uncomfortable situations so I may learn to adapt better, and learn to breathe through it. To ask tougher questions of myself, my beliefs, God. Above all, to practice love. This is my challenge. To empower…

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