When it came to choosing an internship, I knew I wanted it to be meaningful. I applied to intern at Unseen without knowing much about human trafficking or its root causes. Before I joined the team, I thought sex trafficking was due to the need for sex across the world. I did not even know sex trafficking and human trafficking were not the same. I had always been passionate about fighting injustices but little did I know that becoming involved with Unseen would ignite in me a passion for fighting the fight against human trafficking and its root causes.
This semester, I have the wonderful opportunity to serve as an intern in the operations department at Unseen. I get to work closely with partner managers, Jordan and Jenny–experts in partnership, customer service, and encouragement. They come alongside Unseen’s partners and provide them with training, encouragement, and services and I am excited to learn from them.
Part of my duties as an intern include monitoring the social media, websites, etc., of Unseen’s partners for updates and stories of rescue, growth, and need. These stories are a direct reminder that the fight against human trafficking is far from over.
While researching our partners to find these stories, I am constantly blown away by the incredible work that our partners do, as well as by the work done by Unseen’s amazing staff. I am finding stories of young children living in extreme poverty faced with the decision to sell their bodies or starve. By the grace of God, these children are rescued by a partner in India or the Philippines. I am finding stories of children with no hope of a decent education being rescued off the streets and enrolled in a school in Pakistan or Africa. I am finding stories of vocational and agricultural skills being taught to people dealing with extreme poverty in Thailand.
This internship is very fulfilling and humbling due to the fact that the time and effort I put into finding these stories is directly linked to acquiring donations to further the work of Unseen and our partners.
This opportunity has shown me that I have a passion for fighting human trafficking that I did not know that I had. These stories and my internship continually remind me that there is no time to waste. The need is very real, and the time is now. Hope Lives!
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