Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Totally Tubular Tuesdays Are Back!

I bet you thought I forgot all about my awesome 80's tributes. Bet you thought you'd never see them again. But here we have the next Totally Tubular Tuesday installment. Nearly a year after the last one but it's here.

Today we have a great love ballad from the 80's. One I loved and sang all the words to when ever Rick Dees in the morning played it on KIIS FM in LA. It's True by Spandau Ballet.

Monday, January 11, 2010

46 Reasons to Donate to Love146

So I haven't done this in quite a while. Monday's a list day. At least according to Anna at abdpbt.com. I participated for a while and then I stopped. Right around the time I stopped blogging on a regular basis the last time. Today however I have found something worth creating a list for.

So here it is. 46 reasons to donate to Love146

  1. For your daughters

  2. For your mother

  3. For your sister

  4. For your niece

  5. Because you never had to go through this

  6. Because you did

  7. So no child will ever have to suffer through sexual exploitation again

  8. For little girl number 146

  9. For the two children sold every 60 seconds

  10. Because there are more slaves today than there were 150 years ago when it was abolished

  11. For the over 100,000 children forced into prostitution or pornography each year

  12. For all the girls that "lose" their virginity multiple times

  13. For all the abortions that these girls are forced to undergo

  14. For the little girl that was sold by her sister to a brothel

  15. For that same little girl that was forced to watch sex tapes and other girls service clients to learn the business

  16. For "Cristiano" who sold himself for $1 to survive from the age of 8

  17. For "Maly" who was gang raped at 11 while scrounging for food

  18. For all the girls that are routinely electrocuted if they don't comply

  19. For all the girls that are forced to live in underground concrete rooms under conditions worse than our prisons

  20. For Long Pross who had her eye gouged out for asking for a few days rest after a forced abortion at 4 months

  21. Because human beings are not commodities

  22. Because children should not be for sale

  23. So pedophiles from the west don't have anywhere to escape to

  24. Because Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love."

  25. For the 99% of European victims that are never rescued

  26. Because the legal age for sex in the Czech Republic is 15

  27. Because those same girls are sold for as little as 15 Euro (approximately $22 US)

  28. Because you believe that change IS possible

  29. Because there are better ways to live

  30. Because we are spoiled in America

  31. Because I am willing to be offended so that children can be protected, are you?

  32. Because the average age that someone enters prostitution in the U.S. is 13

  33. Because an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 adolescents are sexually exploited annually in the U.S.

  34. Because human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world

  35. Because they're earning an estimated USD$5 billion to $9 billion annually

  36. Because the children are treated as sexual objects and as commercial objects

  37. Because children aren't objects

  38. Because these children often suffer irreparable damage to their physical and mental health

  39. Because they face early pregnancy and risk sexually transmitted diseases, particularly AIDS

  40. Because child sex trafficking is often only treated as a form of child abuse

  41. Because children make up 40% of prostitutes in Thailand

  42. Because it is estimated that 2 million children are exploited in prostitution or pornography every year

  43. Because it is estimated that there are 60,000 child prostitutes in the Philippines

  44. Because many of the 200 brothels in the notorious Angeles City offer children for sex

  45. Because one-third of runaway youths in America will be lured into prostitution within 48 hours on the streets

  46. Finally, because it's the right thing to do.

This list was originally going to be longer. However, the more research I did the more my heart hurt and I had to stop or I was going to be non-functional for a while. I know that this is a very depressing list however it is something that I feel very strongly about and needed to share with all of you. If we don't know it's going on in the world how can we ever expect to stop these atrocities.

Even if it's only one dollar please visit my Firstgiving page and help do something to stop this horrendous practice.