The Glover Report: A Passion for People: Meet My Friend, “Known As Monique”
Baltimore entrepreneur works to heal missing and exploited persons; raises awareness about abductions, human trafficking
(BALTIMORE – October 21, 2012) – Can’t tell you where I first met the sister. I’m thinking that Eric Stewart and Women of Power may have had something to do with it. What I can say is that I dig her spirit. She cares. Simply put, she gives a damn about people. For her, the specific demographic is those persons who are missing out here via human trafficking.
The movie, “Taken”, featuring Liam Neeson (I love his work) – is a good point of reference. That movie highlighted a young woman studying abroad in Europe with her girlfriend gets targeted and snatched. Before she and her new captor leave, however, Liam shows up … as he promised and frees her.
I seriously appreciate that movie. Having gone to a few countries, one thing I know: When you are on foreign soil, you have to understand the dynamics at play. For one, you are not in America. Point two: Be extremely careful because you do not have the protections of home. Now, at home in America – you have to be careful as well. And if you are a little child, well – let’s just say you are at the mercy of God.
Sadly, bad things to happen. Regardless of who’s fault it is, crap still happens. And sometimes, such events can alter a person’s life.
I have talked to Monique about her experiences before, and each time, I learn something new. This is what I’ve concluded. Such an experience is horrifying. It is one of the worst things that can happen to a person. They are robbed in so many ways. For the love of God, she is still considered “missing” because she doesn’t know something – something that just about all of us take for granted: her name.
And that’s why she uses the name, Known As Monique.
I have talked with her about this and I still find it mind-boggling to understand. Why would somebody – some adult – allow this to happen? What was going on? What were they thinking?
And then, that reminded me of the many hurt people walking around. Right now, every single one of us knows of somebody who is depressed. I’m betting that just about everybody knows someone who really needs a healing. Whoever allowed this to happen to Monique had to of been a hurt person, because hurt people hurt people until they begin to modify that behavior.
That is a big problem in the world today. There are so many warped and damaged people – and these people make decisions – and they decisions have an impact. If I am not well, then – without proper help – I would probably make bad decisions.
Monique’s story is relevant to so many people. They don’t have to be missing either. Her story is relevant because the world we love is in a lot of pain, if you ask me. There are generations now of people who are socialized with an underdeveloped mentality.
Black, white, Latino, Asian, Arab, Jew – whomever. A lot of people are simply living in a fog. And with the economy worse than ever in most of our lifetimes, people are really feeling the pressure. There is a squeeze play from the moment they open their eyes. It is about survival. It is about a can of tuna fish and some crackers. It is about some water. It is about a hot meal and somewhere to bathe.
Yet, so many of us are oblivious to the pain that surrounds us. As I enjoyed the Farmers Market this morning, I cannot forget to mention the homeless black man – and the white homeless couple.
We can go and get some fresh greens, but the reality is that we just walked past a homeless person … in America … in Baltimore … in 2012.
I submit to you, there is something seriously wrong. Mental health services and substance abuse services can truly help, but I think there is a deeper issue: a lack of love.
With all of the accoutrements of success we have - with all of the wars that we, as a nation, finance – we have not solved hunger. We have not solved homelessness.
And so, Monique has always been a symbol of the person who – despite a messed up beginning – was determined to succeed.
Monique, despite her horrible past, is no loser. I don’t think she knows the meaning of the word.
I think what she and I have in common, however, is that we fight for the underdog. And when she fights, you’d better get down or lay down. She is taking no hostages. She is not a victim. She comes to take over. Trust … and believe. She is more than a conquerer. She is more than a wife and a mom. She is a beautiful spirit that the good Lord has shared with us to help us get better. She is a general who, in the midst of all she does, runs one of Maryland’s finest minority business enterprises. And, to me, she makes it look easy.
She is tenacious. And right now, she wants every single person out here to be aware that at any time, you could get kidnapped. And life, as you know it, can be over. It is not a game. Just ask, Known As Monique. If you don’t know, now you know. Oh yeah – make your children better aware of the danger of strangers and help them to memorize an emergency phone number.
BMORENEWS.com is a proud supporter of www.KnownAsMonique.com and the mission to raise awareness about missing and exploited persons – and human trafficking. That is, be aware that somebody can snatch you and sell you and you could never see your family again. And that’s truly messed up!
Who is Known As Monique?
IN HER OWN WORDS: I’m the proud mother of 4 awesome and amazing children and I take my role as a mother VERY seriously. My primary reason, main purpose and my true desire for writing my book is gift to them. I have used every bit of knowledge, strength and capabilities that I’ve self-developed to raise and developed their individual personalities while building a mini empire. I refuse to just leave behind businesses, a life insurance policy, homes and other materials possessions, without sharing with them my true identity and my life’s journey. They must know who their mother really is, my experiences and what it took for me to become the women I am today.
I want to leave them a TRUE LEGACY.
As I started writing my story, I became overwhelmingly compiled to bring awareness to many areas that have affected my life. The immediate are:
Sharing of one’s history is nothing new, but are people really educating their children about their roots and the importance of them. Good or bad, parent must continue to empower them with that knowledge; they may even enlighten themselves during the process. Thus: GENEALOGY
Elementary children with cell phones may be ok for many, but do parents and care givers have a STRONG plan enforced with them about their safety and surroundings. Let them know that the boggy man is not just something that they imagine under the bed or peeking from the closet—it’s lives amongst us. Oh yea, the boggy grows as they grow and changes often. Worst of all, it’s not always a deformed evil looking creature, which only appears once they’re alone. Thus: PREDATORS
Blinded eye people - Any person who KNOWINGLY fails to perform their duties are partially responsible for damages and harm they allow to take place. There are all types of signs and processes that are being ignored by them which should immediately be acknowledge in any possible way. Blinded eye people are aiders and abettors for sharing in wrongful acts because their actions or, lack of. Family, Friends, Neighbors and Municipalities: Thus “ROLE PLAYERS”.
If I can bring hope of any, to show proof that light IS at the end of the tunnel, that a cloud can be lassoed and can proudly shout…..I AM ABLE……………..GET READY, BE READY AND STAY READY……………………Thus: INSPIRED.
FMI, visit www.KnownAsMonique.com.
"Known as Monique" Hosts Gala at Eubie Blake: $15,000 Raised for Missing & Exploited Persons:
Monique is raising awareness across America about a silent killer; she is intent on making a difference in the lives of people everywhere.