Where Are Our News Reports? #FindOurGirls
By Pier McKinney
It’s a sickening reality when Tom Brady’s missing jersey gets more coverage than the 64,000+ African-American girls and women that are missing and disappearing every day. Although missing reports from all communities are common, the disappearance of young black girls across the country is at a staggering high – and increasing at an alarming rate.
The feeling of hopelessness surrounds us when we see a new post on social media of yet another innocent child that has been snatched from her home. We ask ourselves, besides tweeting and reposting, what are we to do?
Social media seems to be the only place we can see and talk about this issue. With every post we make, there seems to be another missing girl following right behind the other, not giving us enough time toget the word out for the one before.
You sit wondering what you could possibly do besides tweet. You realize that the pretty brown girl on the milk carton could be your sister, cousin, best friend, daughter, or even yourself. It is terrifying looking to your major news outlets, only to see no coverage whatsoever.
Are we not breaking news in comparison to a stolen super bowl jersey? Why is it that one blonde girl can go missing and we see her plastered all over our TV’s and magazines, but the same isn’t replicated for minority women? Where are our news reports?
Where Are Our Girls?
We are filled with questions about this issue, but the mystery to us is where have our girls gone? Why were they taken?
There are more than enough theories to find an answer among them all, but the most likely and common explanation is sex trafficking. Sex trafficking is a form of modern slavery; through luring or kidnapping, the offender uses its victim for financial gain through sex, drugs, and violence.
Many young girls are targets for these crimes seeing that they are more vulnerable to deceiving ads for quick jobs or fun “programs.” Sex trafficking is the third largest crime enterprise in the world, bringing in a profit of about 32 billion a year. As a leading crime, it is strange that there is little to no awareness about human trafficking. Still, that may very well be because many huge corporations and industries benefit from human work or sex labor. News sources such as CNN, Fox, and ABC have huge platforms to help us find our missing girls, yet we find with every channel change there is not a whisper about this epidemic.
Human trafficking can also go hand-in-hand with human organ harvesting, as black organs are known to be used for medical research. There has become an entire market using African-American men and women as lab rats for medical advances.
There are so many theories for why so many young black women are missing, but after all the theories, where are we left? What do we do with this information? How can we get news sources to give us some type of acknowledgement?
Finding Our Girls…
Instead of depending on or waiting for the news that already misrepresents us, we should make our own platform and use the ones we have now to help get out the word out of our missing sisters. Sex trafficking is not an easy issue to tackle, and is a monster of an epidemic within itself. But, we can find ways to alert other communities of our girls.
1. When you see a missing report, if there is a number provided for the area try calling the local police depart in that area and seeing if they have been alerted of the missing child.
2. If the department is alerted, call that area’s local NAACP chapters to help get the word out to the community.
3. See if the missing girl’s family have a GoFundMe or some type of source for you to either help through donations or through support.
4. Never ignore a missing girl report on social media, even if she is not from your area, she could be trafficked to your city. Remember, anything helps.
5. As cliché as it may seem, prayer and faith is all we have when we have so little to work with. We must keep our faith up and our eyes open.
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