For The Girls Who Haven't Had A Chance At Life Yet

02.29.12

I consider my life a very blessed one. It has been relatively easy with a few small bumps here and there. I've never seen any real danger or experienced anything truly tramatic. I have a family who loves me and would never do anything to hurt me. I'm not rich, but I have people I can trust, a roof over my head, a job I love and a car that runs.

More than anything, I feel lucky that I had a very happy childhood. I had parents who cared for me and protected me from danger. I felt safe and loved with a bright future ahead of me. As a kid, I didn't realize just how lucky I was, but now that I'm older and more aware of the world around me, I believe the life I've been blessed with so far is one of the most fortunate roads anyone could hope for.

I think most of the time, those of us who have been blessed with an easy path can develop a tendency to pretend like everyone else is just as lucky as we are. Even though many of us do this all the time, absolutely no one can do it in good conscience. I believe in my heart that if you have been blessed with an easier life, it is your responsibility to help those who are not as blessed as you are. It's easy to help out close family and friends, but we as humans have a natural weakness to ignore the needs of those who we do not know personally.

With that in mind, I want to take a moment to tell the young girls out there who's lives have been full of violence and hate that I respect your strength more than anyone else in this world. Daily you are forced to do things against your will before you've even had a chance to know the beautiful opportunities this world has to offer. Don't give up. Heavenly Father loves you. Every single night I pray for you. I pray that one day you will be free and that you will know the same joys I have experienced in my life. I pray that people will notice my blogs, spread the word about what you're going through, and donate money to the Somaly Mam Foundation whenever possible.

You are beautiful daughters of a God who loves you and knows every single moment of pain you have experienced. Only the strongest, most precious beloved daughters of God can endure the darkest evils of this world. It is wrong what you are going through and I will not allow myself to turn the other way while someone else's freedom is being stripped away from them. You are not alone and even though I can't do much, I will never stop spreading the word about human trafficking. All I want is for every single girl to have the same chance at life that I've had.

Often the fight against human trafficking can feel hopeless, but if we all work together, I believe we can accomplish anything. Don't be afraid to talk about it. Please help spread the word about human trafficking and if you can, take a moment right now to donate $20 to the Somaly Mam Foundation.

Life is good for some of us, it's time for us to make it a good experience for ALL of us.

Article written by Shelly Allen.
Photo by Shelly Allen Photography

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