So a month ago I became aware of a coffee shop that will be opening in Rocklin early 2011. It will be called Origin Coffee & Tea on Park and Sunset right next to Big Spoon. It is an amazing yet different coffee shop. It is a non-profit which will use all there proceeds above overhead cost to help rescue and free sex trafficking victims. I bet you didn't know that is a modern day slavery problem we struggle with worldwide. And most importantly there employees will be ALL VOLUNTEERS!! Yes Not Paid! They all will be serving coffee, giving their time and all to make a difference in the world. And yes sex trafficking is happening right here even in Sacramento. It is a world wide problem that is bringing bondage, pain and death in some cases. So I am passionate to see such a great thing coming here locally! Chad & Mark are the founders of this coffee shop and I had the pleasure to meet Chad this week and go visit the shop and see how the process of construction and it was amazing and inspiring!
Here is some info from CBS News:
Nationwide, between 45,000 and 50,000 people are trafficked into the United States, according to a 2001 report by the U.S. State Department. But Williamson noted that the problem is hard to quantify because of the underground nature of human trafficking, and studies often rely on estimates. Even the Ohio study, which analyzed law enforcement and government databases, is limited, she said.
A special report last year by CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric examined the worrying trend in the U.S. of more American children and teens being lured into the sex trade.
"This is not the kind of problem America thinks it is," Ernie Allen of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children told Couric.
Allen said prostitutes in this country are younger than ever, and they no longer all come from impoverished or broken homes.
"What we are seeing now is an increasing number of middle class kids and up - many of whom do it originally on a dare, or because they think it is interesting or different. And then find themselves trapped," Allen said.
So sad but there is good news... YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Check out there website: http://www.origincoffee.org