We sat at the Laughing Goat Coffee shop on Pearl Street and heard Brad's story... though I wasn't laughing. Several years ago, Brad became gripped by the issue of human trafficking in particular child trafficking and knew he had to do something about it. Brad, Ken, Brian and I talked about how we could partner together. We are going to have Brad be a part of our Christmas Conference . On the night of January 4th, we are going to have an interactive experience of the major issues around the world and Brad will have a room on this subject. Then on the 5th, he will give a seminar and we hope students & staff will want to partner with him & have an Empathy Experience on their campus.
I can't stop thinking about this. Brad showed us 'artifacts' he had gathered around the world. Troubling stuff like tiny little girl slippers he got from a room at a brothel in Thailand. He told us stories that share the reality of what vile this industry is. He showed us a picture of a safe house he helped build. I couldn't stop crying thinking about these children whose innocence was being robbed all for the immoral pleasures of western tourists. Two children per minute are enslaved for sexual exploitation. Sobering.
All I could say to Brad was "thank you".