How an Entrepreneur is Helping Youth Avoid the Tragedy of Human Trafficking
January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month and the Scientology Network invites viewers to watch an episode of Voices for Humanity featuring a Tampa Bay Area entrepreneur who is dedicated to saving kids from modern-day slavery.
The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 200,000 American children are at risk of being trafficked into the sex industry each year.
Christopher King, fashion designer, U.S Marine veteran and grandson of blues legend BB King, founded the nonprofit The Gentlemen’s Course to save kids from human trafficking and any form of human rights abuse and to provide them with the moral compass and social skills they need to thrive.
Florida is the third-busiest hub for child sex trafficking in the United States.
“We’re talking about kids being sold, traded, forced against their own will,” says King in his episode of Voices for Humanity. “No one should be a slave and no one has the right to enslave anyone.”
King learned of Youth for Human Rights International on a visit to the United for Human Rights headquarters in Clearwater, Florida. “That gave me a guide on how to educate youth. At that point, I founded The Gentlemen’s Course.”
King and his team bring his programs right to the kids.
“Human traffickers, they’re in the schools. They’re on social media. They’re getting the kids on their platforms,” says King. “So we might as well attack them on the same ground. If people knew their rights, they would know what to defend. That is the purpose. That’s our goal.”
Youth for Human Rights International materials help people of all ages understand the 30 rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Creating a world where human rights are known and protected starts with effective educational programs that reach across all cultural and geographic boundaries.
Inspired by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s words that “Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream,” the Church of Scientology and Scientologists support Youth for Human Rights and make its educational materials available free of charge. Watch a documentary on the history and activities of Youth for Human Rights International on Voices for Humanity on the Scientology Network.
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