As people become more aware of human trafficking in Memphis and those efforts to prohibit it, Operation Broken Silence becomes more well-known across the city. Operation Broken Silence is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization here in Memphis which seeks to end sex slavery in our city. This organization’s mission statement says that they strive ”to protect the innocent by confronting social affliction and building a new generation of abolitionists who envision a world without mass atrocities and modern slavery.” This fundraising is a large part of what they do, this group of individuals are more known for their activism. They actively seek out new ways to fight this growing problem and then do it themselves.
We recently attended their spring fundraiser event, entitled SUPAS (Stand Up Against Slavery). For a week, stand-up paddle boarders from across the world, including David Cornwaithe, came together to paddle down the Wolf River to raise awareness of human trafficking, it effects, and ways to help prevent it. Memphians were encouraged to hop on a stand-up paddle board and join the trek themselves. At the end of the week, a huge party was held to honor the paddlers and celebrate the fundraising for Operation Broken Silence. Between the food from many local restaurants, beer from Ghost River, performances by artists including Star and Micey, and a great silent auction with signed Memphis sports gear, everyone has a great time. Though this event happened locally, media efforts from across the world recognized it. Huey’s was a proud sponsor of this event.
Operation Broken Silence works tirelessly on a daily basis, working with local, state, and federal governments, to fight human trafficking in Memphis. To learn more about the organization and how you can help, visit their website, check out their Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter.