Ryan McAuley - Rider
I first heard about human trafficking as an adult at a local church event detailing the work done by various organizations in response to the issue. I was immediately floored and amazed that such a horrible injustice existed, and vowed I would find a way at some point to do something to combat the issue. More than anything, the reality that men were exploiting women for their own personal and perverse motives shook me.
As time went on I learned more and more about the heart of the issue, and understood that I was a part of the issue as well. I realized that the burden was especially on men to rise up against the issue, because men are in large part the cause. It has been a journey for me to understand that exploitation of women and children takes place on a much broader scale than only through slavery, and that the heart of the issue really comes from a deep societal ache in North America and across the globe.
A large part of my employment has been with children and youth. The idea of them being exploited is something that is truly impossible for me to imagine; yet it happens every day. The journey for me has come full circle. Finally, I have the opportunity to do my small part to combat what I consider a great evil in the world today. And I realize that the journey towards abolishment of human enslavement starts with me, and with you.