Outlive the Labels
Outlive the Labels: 18 Powerful Stories of Truth and Determination
Trapped in Plain Sight: The Unfamiliar Face of Human Trafficking
“Black girls are viewed as being more adult for their age and less innocent than white girls. Therefore, they are not only less protected, but are often held more accountable for their actions than their white peers. A study by Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality probed deeper into this and identified it as the “adultification of Black girls.” The research revealed that ‘adults believe black girls ages 5-19 need less nurturing, protection, support and comfort than white girls of the same age, and that black girls are more independent, know more about adult topics, and know more about sex than white girls.’
Every day, human traffickers are out hunting their next victims and it is likely that they will find them. Will it be your child? Unfortunately, traffickers know who they can approach. They know who they can groom. They can spot the little girls with the daddy issues. They know the profile of the young girls going through an identity crisis and low self-esteem. They’ve studied the behavior patterns of rebellious teens on the verge of running away. They’ve mastered the art of manipulation and they have learned how to be patient and pounce at just the right time.
That’s what happened to me. I was broken, I was longing for acceptance, and I wanted to be loved. I was looking for an escape and I thought I was mature enough to handle a relationship with a man I believed to be in his 20s. Yet, at 15 years old, I wasn’t ready for the deception of a man who was really pushing 40 years old and had one thing on his mind. My mind couldn’t handle the magnitude of his manipulation because Jonathan was a master of deception and knew that my immaturity was ripe for exploitation.”
-Excerpt from Trapped in Plain Sight: The Unfamiliar Face of Human Trafficking
The Incredible Story of the Red-Haired Warrior
In “The Incredible Story of the Red-Haired Warrior,” join Zigga on an extraordinary journey that defies all expectations. This captivating tale follows the life of a red-haired young warrior named Zigga, who was born prematurely and faced immense challenges from the start.
Weighing just one pound shortly after birth, Zigga spent months in the NICU, battling medical complications that worried his family. But his unwavering courage and resilience proved unstoppable. With a groundbreaking brain surgery that transformed his life, Zigga’s incredible story took a dramatic turn.
From overcoming physical obstacles to embracing his passion for basketball, Zigga’s path is one of triumph and sheer determination. Today, Zigga aspires to make a lasting impact on the world, inspired by his mom and the medical heroes who played a vital role in his life. This inspiring tale of a red-haired warrior reminds readers of all ages that strength, hope, and dreams can conquer even the most challenging circumstances.