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Follow Me (A Poem About Sex Trafficking)

John is passionate about human and animal rights, social justice, equality, and the environment, and likes to convey that in his writing.


Follow Me

She hangs her head,

A tear runs down her cheek.

She shivers as a cold gust of wind

Chills her bare shoulders.

The hard wooden slats of the park bench

Her only companion.

Why are teenage years tough,

And life shit?

"Hello!" says a friendly voice,

"May I sit?"

She nods nonchalantly.

"Why so sad a face

On such a pretty girl?"

He asks.

She tries to smile.

"Ah, much better,

Tell me your problems."


His accent so charming,

He draws her in,

With compliments and lies.

The girl pours her heart out,

He pretends to care.

"Maybe I can help."

He is so charming,

"You should be a model,

Or an actress.

I have connections."

She smiles with hope.

"Follow me" he says,

And takes her hand,

Leading her away

From all her troubles,

Towards her dreams.

But those troubles

Will soon seem so small,

When her nightmare begins.


Disturbing Statistics

Trafficking women and children for sexual exploitation is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. This, despite the fact international law and the laws of 134 countries criminalize sex trafficking.

  • At least 20.9 million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide into commercial sexual servitude, forced labour and bonded labour.
  • About 2 million children are exploited every year in the global commercial sex trade.

Help Support Poetry4Freedom:

A fellow hubber, pearlmacb encouraged me to write a poem above specifically for Poetry4Freedom. This is the result. If you are a poet and would like to support this project, please visit their Facebook page for submission details.

Your poetry will help raise awareness for human trafficking, exploitation & all forms of Slavery! Please tell your friends about this poetry project and Follow @Poetry4Freedom on Twitter.


Dabby Lyric on December 02, 2017:

You are welcome John!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 02, 2017:

Thank you for reading this Dabby. Yes, it is sad and needs to be stopped.

Dabby Lyric on December 02, 2017:

Thank you for bringing awareness to such a sick and disturbing epidemic that we're facing worldwide. My heart truly goes out to those being exploited and their families.

I dig the poem! It's sad that this topic has to be written or spoken about at all.

Thanks for sharing!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 08, 2015:

Thanks for reading another of my hubs Essie. This is one of those poems about a topic I feel strongly about. I do tend to get on my soapbox occasionally. Poetry4Freedom does great work. Please do check the site out.

Essie from Southern California on May 08, 2015:

What an amazing poem, and informative video. I have read several autobiographies about this subject, and it is indeed heartbreaking. There are a lot of hurting, vulnerable girls out there falling prey.

I had never heard of Poetry4Freedom. I will check out the site.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 11, 2014:

Thank you for your kind words and support legendary graduate. The more of us that can contribute in some small way by raising awareness the better. It may not bring anyone home but it may put pressure on those with authority to try and do more to curb this horrendous trade. Blessings to you too.

legendarygraduate on March 11, 2014:

I came across her the same way. I wrote a poem in a Hub named "Six Live (A lyric poem in support of Poetry4Freedom)". I love the support that you are giving for these poor victims, and I only wish that we can help bring them back home! One death is one too many, one captured victim is going too far one too many!

Beautiful poem Jodah, keep up the wonderful words my friend. Many blessings to ya, forever.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 14, 2014:

Thanks for visiting and reading this Sandyspider. I agree it is a horrific subject but it needs to be exposed as much as possible.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 14, 2014:

Thanks for reading Minnetonka, yes it is frightening just how widespread this evil practice is. We need to do all we can to try to stop it.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on February 12, 2014:

Good poem about such a horrific subject.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on February 12, 2014:

Your poem really illustrates the evil and trickery that is out there for our kids. It's sickening to me that sex trafficking is so widespread. Way to go on being part of this very important cause.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 09, 2014:

Thank you for visiting this hub Cherese and for your kind comment. It is something I felt I needed to do.

Cherese George from Trinidad and Tobago on February 09, 2014:

i commend you doing this poem and sharing the cause..

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 08, 2014:

Thank you sujaya for your kind words and support.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 08, 2014:

Thank you tillsontitan, better late then never. I appreciate your kind words and the vote up, but the best thing you can do is spread the word as much as you can. The more awareness the bigger impact of the cause to stop this tragedy from happening.

sujaya venkatesh on February 08, 2014:

dire need to stop all this, your poem is sure great reach jo

Mary Craig from New York on February 08, 2014:

Late, but here. this was a very touching poem about one of the horrors in our society. I agree with Kathleen of course, and agree awareness will help make this horrible crime harder to perpetrate.

It is so hard to tell young runaways or unhappy girls of the dangers they face on their own. We need places for them to go where they can feel safe and not put down or abused.

There is so much to this horrible trafficking and you have done a great job of saying so much in such a short poem. The Poetry4Freedome is more than a worthy cause and I hope to spread the word.

Voted all but funny Jodah. Wonderful job!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 08, 2014:

Yes Jo it is shocking that this practice of trafficking is so widespread. Thank you for your generous comments.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on February 08, 2014:

Jodah, excellent work!! It is scandalous, that this atrocious crime is allowed to prosper in societies all over the world. The people who perpetrates such crimes are no less than parasites. Great poem, good job of spreading awareness in you own special way.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 08, 2014:

Thank you so much word55, much appreciated.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on February 08, 2014:

Very touching Jodah, I'll do what I can to help. Your hub is Voted up!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 07, 2014:

I'm glad you found this one too Faith. I don't know why some hub of people you are following slip through without you getting notified, same happens to me. Thanks for sharing that story, I'm glad her brothe was aware and saved her. Not all have a good ending like that. I appreciate your kind comments and thank you for sharing this one around. The more people who write poems for the cause the better.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on February 07, 2014:

Wow, how profound is your poem! I missed this one, but so glad I found it. I heard about a true story on Faith Radio of a young girl, who this happened to, and thank goodness, her brother had been to some sort of class or something where he learned the signs of possible sex trafficking. It saved his sister's life. She is very intelligent and 18 and in college and was wanting to get out from under her parents and live on her own, and this guy stalked her unknown to her via Facebook and got to know her, what she likes, where she goes and such, and found out so much about her just by seeing what she posted on Facebook. He was intelligent and charming and had a lot of money and asked her to move in with him after taking her to his really nice home, then asked her to out state with him to see his family (where it was set up to trafick her). She up and moved out of her mother's house and moved in with him, and when her brother saw what was going on, he called the authorities and she was rescued, but she did have to go through some stuff!

This is an excellent project you have shared here and I will share with all of my poet friends too.

Up and more and sharing.

Have a great weekend,

Faith Reaper

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 05, 2014:

Thanks for the kind comment nighthag, and the vote up and share. Please get behind it and submit your own poem to Poetry4Freedom, a great cause.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 05, 2014:

Thank you for reading always exploring. I needed to share this, it is much too prevalent.

K.A.E Grove from Australia on February 05, 2014:

a powerful poem with a powerful message.

raising awareness of the these types of predators is so important.

it is definitely something I can get behind, well done for writing such an impacting piece. voting up and sharing on

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 05, 2014:

Great poetic truth that happens to many young girls. Thank you..

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 05, 2014:

Thank you Levertis, for you comment, suggestion and sharing. The poem has been posted on Twitter and Facebook and will be published in a book by Poetry4Freedom from which all proceeds will go to help the victims of sex trafficking. Yes it would be good to have it displayed in all those places you suggest as well. You are right, the real perpetrators are the ones who demand and pay for these services, not the suppliers, they are just middlemen but still guilty of a terrible injustice. I'm just trying to do my small bit.

Levertis Steele from Southern Clime on February 05, 2014:

Will Star made a good point about posting this poem. I would suggest putting it in juvenile facilities--training schools, prisons, detention centers, counseling facilities, behavioral health centers, summer camps for troubled youth, job corp centers, school counselors' offices, and other places that cater to adolescents, teens, and young adults. It could keep countless faces off bulletin boards in post offices, grocery stores, and other places. "HAVE YOU SEEN ME" is all too familiar. Even worse, we hurt when we see the computer enhanced pictures, which give the message that the victims have been missing for a long time.

Historical mass slavery has been attacked and eventually anihilated, but not enough attention is given to this modern slavery epidemic, or is it pandemic? It is bad enough for adults to endure, but children held in slavery is unthinkable.

The slaveholders are not the only criminals in these acts. The criminals seldom mentioned are the buyers of human flesh. They are our neighbors, our co-workers, the ones we see in passing every day. They are the ones flying to business meetings, the ones on the construction jobs, the ones working at the hospitals and hundreds of other places. They mostly wear the masks of innocence. These are everyday people right around us---or could they be closer?

How kind of you to help create awareness to help save people from this inhumanity. I will share.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 05, 2014:

Thank you Alicia. Yes I agree, it was a good challenge for me and for a very worthy cause. As long as people don't think I'm writing from experience it's all good.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 05, 2014:

Thank you for writing a poem about a very important topic, Jodah. It's a great way to raise awareness about a very sad situation.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 05, 2014:

Thanks Frank, you are write poetry is often a way of getting a point across without being quite as confronting.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on February 05, 2014:

awareness is key and to do it in a poem format makes it easier for most to get the message.. great job Jodah

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 04, 2014:

thank you Genna for you kind and insightful comments. Yes these men are expert flatterers and they know what works having done it so many times. There isn't anything I can do but help to raise awareness and I'm glad pearlmacb encouraged me to do that. Thanks also for sharing and voting up.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 04, 2014:

You are exactly right Kathleen, we have to change the whole culture. I guess it is easier said than done, but we have to at least try to change people. Where there is a demand there will always be people cashing in from supplying that demand, so we have to keep pushing these issues to the forfront of the media to try to force change. thanks for reading.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on February 04, 2014:

Oh, Jodah, these predators are practiced monsters that seem to know exactly what to say to these poor young girls. It makes me livid, yet feeling sadly powerless to do anything to help. Awareness is a step in the right direction, and your vivid poem accomplishes this with stark realism and unforgettable imagery. Pearlmacb’s encouragement of such poetry for Poetry4Freedom is an admirable project. Thank you! Voted way up and shared.

Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on February 04, 2014:

Please remember that this is a problem because there is a market for it. Who makes up that market? Who purchases these young girls and children? Yes, we need to rescue these victims. We also need to put a stop to those who are in the market for them!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 04, 2014:

Thank you pearl for making me aware of this cause and just what a huge problem it is, and the inspiration to write the poem. Thank you for posting it on the FB page and thee book. I hope the book goes viral.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 04, 2014:

I thank you so much for reading, voting up and sharing this carter06. It opened my eyes to the terrifying realities of how widespread this is.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 04, 2014:

It is a depressing but real topic Jamie, especially when you have children of your own who need protecting. We can't ignore that it happens however.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 04, 2014:

Thanks for reading Audrey, yes it is sad.

Pearlmacb from Switzerland on February 04, 2014:

Great job with the poem focused on human trafficking! Thankyou for contributing this strong piece to Poetry4Freedom. It has been posted on the FB page, and will be included for the ebook. Blessings

Mary from Cronulla NSW on February 04, 2014:

Good to bring this to our attention & remind us that:

- Vulnerable kids & youth are everywhere

- Western countries (such as ours) are just as at risk

- Raising awareness is vital

Thanks for this fantastic poem Jodah, will pass onto the poets in my life..

Voted up & awesome & shared & will tweet cause it's just so important!

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on February 04, 2014:

I have a hard time reading about it, this bothers me so much. It is good to break out of comfort and realize that such human atrocities happen around us. Jamie

Audrey Howitt from California on February 04, 2014:

Sad when this happens--you really captured it

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 04, 2014:

Thank you for reading Harishprasad, while there is so much demand for sex and so much money to be made from it this trafficking will never stop. All I can do is help spread the word and try to educate young girls to reduce the risk that they take. Your kind words are appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 04, 2014:

Thanks for your kind comment, vote up and share Nell. It is a good cause.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on February 04, 2014:

This lovely poem portrays such a sad aspect of life ! Man's hunger for sex destroys so many lives. John, you have written for a good cause. Kudos to you. Very effective words and well-written. Thank you.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 04, 2014:

Thanks for reading Joelle, I am hearing about this trafficking in places I had no idea it was a problem. It seems to be even more widespread than I thought. I was not aware of the Inuit girls in Canada being exploited, that would have been the last place I would have expected. It is sad, I am trying to do my bit.

Nell Rose from England on February 04, 2014:

Great poem Jodah and a really good cause, good luck with it, and voted up and shared! nell

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on February 04, 2014:

This is so sad but also the reality. I was listening to the radio this morning while driving and they were talking about Inuit girls at risk of human trafficking in Canada. Girls as young as 12 years old who are lured out of their families! Very sad!

Thank you for writing about that subject because those girls need help to get out of that exploitation!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 04, 2014:

Thanks so much dragonfly. Appreciate your comment.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 04, 2014:

Thanks Bill, the trade just seems to be getting bigger and bigger. Something serious has to be done to try to reduce it. I read some disturbing stuff about how it is thriving in certain states in America, I didn't expect that. I thought it was mainly Asia and Europe.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 04, 2014:

Totally agree Eric, but these things need to be written.

dragonflycolor on February 04, 2014:

great poem, jodah.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 04, 2014:

I have written articles about sex trafficking before.....huge business...very little being done about it in the U.S.....this should be a concern for every parent and change should be demanded of the authorities...if it were their child there would be no limit to the effort to end this crime. Thank you for writing this, John.

Eric Wayne Flynn from Providence, Rhode Island on February 04, 2014:

Susceptible souls, products of pain. Tough topic.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 04, 2014:

Thank Eric, yes so true. We have to be out there pushing the wrongs of these issues.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 04, 2014:

Great job. Very tough issue. We must keep this issues in our faces lest we forget.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 04, 2014:

@MsDora, thank you for your kind words. Yes please check them out. It is a very good cause and we need to promote it.

@Nadine. I appreciate you generous comment and thanks for sharing on your social networks, It is a sad but very real problem that we need to stop.

@Will, thanks for reading and your great comment, You're right, all these things can definitely happen to these girls and boys. Please share.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on February 04, 2014:

All too often, young runaway girls (and sometimes boys) end up under the thumb of a brutal pimp, or even raped and killed.

This poem should be posted where young people thinking about running away from home can read it.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on February 04, 2014:

Wow what a great piece of writing. You are telling a story in poetry style that is so sad and at the same time it is happening all over the world. I hope your poem goes viral...I will start sharing it on my social networks.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 04, 2014:

Jodah, thank you for this poem and for the information on Poetrty4Freedom. will certainly look at it. Your poem is really touching.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 04, 2014:

I greatly appreciate you reading this poem Bk42, and your wonderful comment. Thank you for the awesome vote up as well. Take care.

Brenda Thornlow from New York on February 04, 2014:

Great poem! Thank you for bringing awareness to such an evil practice. Voted awesome.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 04, 2014:

Thank you very much for reading Jane and your wonderful comments. The more exposure this evil practice gets the more chance there is of dealing with it.

Jane Arden on February 04, 2014:

Oh, this poem told such a sad and very true, common tale. Well worthy project is Poetry4Freedom. What a beautiful way to expose such sadness and bring awareness to this awful disease that rocks our planet!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 04, 2014:

Thank you, thank you Suzanne.

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on February 04, 2014:

Great poem and a worthy cause. Well done & voted awesome!

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