WebScout® Cares, founded in December 2012 by WebScout® CEO Laura Greeno, is a program that devotes online marketing time, resources, and talents to local non-profit organizations that help women overcome difficulties of exploitation, violence, and poverty. These last few weeks, we’ve covered three non-profit organizations that are helping women find success and happiness in their personal and professional lives. This week, we are taking a look at a non-profit that combats one of the biggest global and national issues of today — human trafficking.
Human trafficking is typically thought of as an issue that inhabits foreign countries. This organization fights to stop human trafficking in our own home, North Carolina.
Using the Preventing, Advocacy, Victim Services, and Education Awareness (PAVE) method, this non-profit seeks to put an end to sex slavery and other types of human slavery in North Carolina. There are active NC Stop HT member groups all over the state, and they work to raise awareness and provide tools for the prevention of human trafficking.
For Greeno, this cause is especially close to her heart. Having seen and experienced first hand the cruelty and manipulation that so many people (especially women) are subjected to, she speaks out against human trafficking.
Before fleeing to San Jose, CA, Greeno was subjected to sexual exploitation and abuse in a similar fashion. She knows first hand the manipulative techniques used to take advantage of people, and she understands that human trafficking manifests in many different forms. Most importantly, she understands that it can happen to anyone…your daughter, your little brother, your friend.
Greeno was fortunate enough to escape from her situation, but so many others can’t. It’s nearly impossible to do it alone, without help. That’s why it is so important to raise awareness right here in NC, and funding, for the all too present issues facing young women, young men, people from other cultures who have crossed the border for a better life – only to be enslaved by others – tormented by fear – these people are here in our very own neighborhoods. Be vigilant, pay attention! Don’t be a part of another Cleveland, Ohio scenario where 3 teenage girls were enslaved by one man for so many years…in a regular house, in a regular neighborhood, where the homes were just feet from each other. Learn the signs of human trafficking today.