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An article by Jenna Amatulli of Huffington Post reported on the testimony of Ashton Kutcher at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, D.C. on behalf of his appeal to end slavery and human trafficking. In a tearful testimony, he related stories of horrific abuse by children exploited by human traffickers.
Here are Ashton’s words to the committee: “I’m here today to defend the right to pursue happiness. It’s a simple notion. It’s bestowed upon all of us by our Constitution. Every citizen in this country has the right to pursue it and I believe that is incumbent upon us as citizens of this nation, as Americans, to bestow that right upon others. Upon each other and upon the rest of the world. But the right to pursue happiness, for so many, is stripped away. It’s raped. It’s abused. It’s taken by force, fraud, or coercion. It is sold for the momentary happiness of another.”
Charlotte, NC ranks 8th nationally in number of minors being victimized by human traffickers. What can we do as concerned citizens to help eradicate this problem? Here is one suggestion: If you are in the Charlotte area on Saturday, February 25, stop by The Third Place between 10am and 1pm. The coffee shop is located inside Caldwell Presbyterian Church, 1609 E. 5th Street, Charlotte, NC. Buy a book or books from local authors, Reita Pendry, Susan Mills Wilson, and Don Carroll of Carolina Moon Press. All proceeds from sales benefit End Slavery in Charlotte. Will you come?