Derek Hough is an immensely talented, professional Latin and ballroom dancer, choreographer, actor, and singer.
There's a good chance that you know him from his days on Dancing with the Stars where he won a record-breaking six times, along with celebrity partners. Since 2017, Hough has served as a judge on the NBC dance competition series World of Dance. He is also a two-time Emmy winner for Outstanding Choreography and has earned eight Emmy Award nominations in total for his work on Dancing with the Stars.
July 30 was 'World Day Against Trafficking In Persons', a day dedicated to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights," according to the United Nations. The UN explains that "human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children, and men for numerous purposes including forced labor and sex. Since 2003 the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has collected information on about 225,000 victims of trafficking detected worldwide."
Generally, the media has been quiet about 'World Day Against Trafficking In Persons', so it was a pleasant surprise that Hough used his platform to raise awareness. Of the nearly 26,300 runaways reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in 2019, 1 in 6 were likely victims of child sex trafficking. This is a real problem.
Hough produced and directed a moving dance that he posted to his Instagram on July 30, 2020.
"I wanted to create something that would shine a light and bring awareness to this horrific problem, but also educate people on the shocking statistics. It’s truly something you can’t UNLEARN," he wrote.
"The only way to stop this is to face it. Shed as much light as possible on the darkest corners and GET LOUD. Let’s send out an army to find them and rescue them. RISE UP 🙏🏼"
I found the video to be extremely powerful. It actually brought me to tears. We need to rescue these children, there is no excuse 🙏🏼
Please visit ourrescue.org to learn more. In the past six years of existence, O.U.R. has rescued 3,800 victims and assisted in the arrests of more than 2,100 traffickers around the world.