People, I’m feeling a little bitter. Of course, I suppose that’s what I get for putting my faith in a Baldwin brother.
OK, if you haven’t heard of or seen I’m a Celebrity—Get Me Out of Here! you probably have no clue what I am talking about. Basically, a bunch of B-list celebrities are currently in a Costa Rican jungle, camping with creepy crawlies and doing weird challenges all in the name of raising money for charity. The concept was fun enough to get me to tune in. The actual show is lame enough for me to tune out.
In one of the first episodes, each celebrity took a turn talking about the charity they are playing for. Steven Baldwin said he was playing for Love146—an organization devoted to bringing an end to slavery (particularly sexual slavery of children).
That’s all it took for me. I have watched every episode just to cheer for the Baldwin (for pete’s sake, people, I don’t even watch 30 Rock—Baldwins hold no intrigue for me).
In last night’s episode, Steven Baldwin voluntarily left the show—five days before the finale—because he was tired of the living conditions and missed his family.
OK, I don’t fault him for hating the bugs and missing his family. I’m sure that where he’s been living is drastically different from the beautiful home he is undoubtedly returning to. And he is now, apparently, claiming that it was due to health concerns (although he said absolutely nothing like that when he was leaving the show).
But those little girls he was supposed to be fighting for? They don’t have the option of leaving the squalor they live in. And their challenges go way beyond the muck and critters that he became overwhelmed by. I wonder how many of them could have, with the show’s prize money, been upgraded to living conditions a little more on par with what he could no longer tolerate and count themselves eternally blessed to escape the hell that is their current existence?
And this from a man that was constantly talking about God using him to save the souls of the likes of Spencer Pratt and Janice Dickenson while he was on the show.
Steven Baldwin had an amazing opportunity to do something life (and soul) saving. And he walked away from it.
I don’t know. Maybe I’m being too harsh—I wasn’t there. But, as I look at my four little boys and feel my little girl moving inside me, and as I remember the horrible stories I’ve read in books on human trafficking, I’d like to think I’d do better.
I’d like to believe that I wouldn’t have left that jungle unless they took me out on a stretcher.
Some Facts About Modern-Day Slavery:
- It is estimated that 2 children are trafficked for sexual purposes every minute.
- It is estimated that there are currently over 27 MILLION people living in slavery throughout the world. That is more than twice the number of Africans trafficked during the ENTIRE COURSE of the transatlantic slave trade. Slavery didn’t end in the 1800’s. (Oh, and one of those “off topic” things that Eric Holder has complained the Bush administration focused on under the heading of Civil Rights? Human Trafficking. But, by all means, let’s toss the progress that has been made over the last decade aside so that Mr. Holder can feel good about bringing more affirmative action cases into the courts.)
- Human trafficking is the second most lucrative crime in the world (behind drug trafficking).
- It is estimated that 45,000-50,000 people are trafficked into the United States every year. Approximately 15,000 are children.