Tony Kirwan: Where Are The Dads?
Just last week I was with my team in a brothel. There were two groups of about 12 girls that would get up on the catwalk and take their turn dancing for 20 minutes before being rotated out for the next group.
Not that one girl is of more worth than the next, but there are certainly times a girl will catch your eye for some reason, usually because she looks scared or new and awkward. It’s times like these that I find myself reflecting on the fact I have precious daughters of my own; my heart is full of love and hope for them, their futures and destinies. Then my mind quickly flows on to the fact that this precious kid dancing in front of me also has a father. I start wondering where he is and how he can possibly be okay with his daughter dancing up on stage being ogled at by men in a setting much like a meat market?
My heart aches for these kids. That pain fuels me, it’s why I’m in these evil places in the first place, away from my family and friends. I know that I, or one of my team, is the closest thing so many of these kids will ever experience to the love of a father. Just as it reminds me that I need to be a dad to these kids, it also makes me want to shout in a loud voice to all of us living in the west that these kids need each of us to step up and be their mothers and fathers, their brothers and sisters!
Until there are more people determined to stand and fight for these kids than there are people willing to sell and abuse them, we will not win.
It’s time for us to glove up and get in the ring. I’ll keep swinging until my arms and legs give out, then I’ll swing some more.
Words by Tony Kirwan
Founder & International President
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