Milton, Anya

Anya Kalish Milton is co-founder and executive director of Access Freedom, a nonprofit organization in Washington State that combats domestic minor sex trafficking. She lives in Ferndale, Wash., with her husband and two daughters and attends Bellingham Covenant Church. For more information about Access Freedom visit www.accessfreedom.org.

Called to Not Look Away (Fall/Winter 2011)

I found myself completely caught off guard when I learned of a human tragedy that is larger in scale than the slave trade. This is a slavery in which children are daily bought, sold and sexually exploited. More specifically, I have become concerned with a smaller subset of this trade, which is called domestic minor sex trafficking. It’s the seedy underbelly of the sex trade that few speak of or really know about, but which exists throughout our communities, large and small.