Dear Subway, Please Don’t Leave Us With a Bad Taste in Our Mouths…

I remember looking forward to eating Subway often as a little kid.  You were one of the only chain restaurants my health conscious mom would take us to.  And I have to admit to continuing the tradition as an adult. However, the recent news about Subway’s spokesman has deeply saddened and disgusted me, in a definitely-not-up-for-eating-anything kind of way.

And I know, Subway. I get that you didn’t know, and that you were just as surprised and shocked as the rest of us.  It’s not your fault, and it’s not our fault.  We were just buying sandwiches, and you were just paying Jared to sell sandwiches.  But he was buying children in Thailand and the United States to use for sex and paying for massive amounts of child pornography, exploiting children as young as six year old.  So, even though none of us knew, there is still that deep, sinking feeling, rational or not, that we’ve contributed to this happening.

We feel this way because money is a huge reason children are for sale for sex in the world today.  Children do not choose to sell themselves for sex. Adult sociopaths are the ones who sell and buy them in secret, and it is by force, and it is terrible.  And it is getting worse by the minute in our country and around the world. $150 BILLION dollars are spent every year destroying men, women and children in human trafficking, and a disturbing percentage of that is the sex trafficking of children. (Can you imagine if that money was spent on destroying, say, golf courses? There would be an outrage!)  Can you guess how much the US spends to fight trafficking? $112.1 million. That figure disappears next to the amount perpetrators spend to keep fueling the industry. Human beings are being destroyed at a much faster rate than they can be restored, and the power and money are on the wrong side. There are a million factors that have brought us to this horrifying reality which are in desperate need of attention. But the fact remains: the fight needs funding and it needs more voices. I want my money and my voice to go into the side that fights this thing, never to the side that feeds it.

Subway, I have to admit that I was a little bit sad to hear that you had “no further comment” beyond cutting your ties with Jared, probably hoping things might just blow over.  I don’t blame you, and honestly in your position I would likely feel the same way.

But, Subway, if you don’t mind, I’d like to invite you to something more… What you went far beyond merely cutting ties and moving on?  What if you used the money you formerly paid Jared (as I understand, it was quite a lot of money) to fight trafficking?  What if some of the airtime spent making Jared famous were used in giving a voice to this cause? Those of us who want to continue eating your sandwiches, I believe, would have a much easier time of it if they could think of the good things you are doing instead of the horrible things Jared did.  Beyond making it easier for your customers to associate Subway with feelings conducive to eating, I believe that this could actually have a significant healing impact on the world. This is an opportunity for you to do something awesome.  Think about it.  🙂  Thanks for your time.

If you are interested in partnering with some legit anti-trafficking organizations, here are a few suggestions of some great ones that are engaged in this fight with love and integrity:

http://exoduscry.com

http://notforsalecampaign.org

http://www.ijm.org

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