It is fairly common to see a celebrity become an advocate of a do-good cause in the world. What is not as common, however, is to see one of the most famous celebrities in the world actually work for a do-good company. What is less common than all of that? To see the celebrity with the largest following on social media, Selena Gomez, secretly intern for such a company.
According to Elle, Selena Gomez has been secretly interning several days a week at A21, a global anti-human trafficking nonprofit. The organization was founded by Christine Caine, a well-known preacher and author.
Below is the organization's mission statement:
"We are a nonprofit organization fueled by radical hope that human beings everywhere will be rescued from bondage and completely restored. We are the abolitionists of the 21st century. We work with you to free slaves and disrupt the demand. Human trafficking is destroying lives, but freedom will have the final word."
According to reports, Gomez has been keeping her work with the organization private. In recent days, Gomez has been taking a step back from a lot of her public platforms and even moved from L.A. to Orange County to be less in the public eye.
About A21, Gomez said, "I wasn't going to immediately start discussing it. It's out of my comfort zone. I needed to be fully immersed in it." She then noted that to some, this could look like just another celebrity advocating for a cause for the sake of appearances.
She clarified, "That's not why I want to talk about it. I can't be silent about this."
Below is Selena's post about her work with A21:
The singer reportedly started interning for the organization in March. Christine Caine initially extended the invitation, after they both became involved with Hillsong Church. Since then, Gomez has been working five days a week for the nonprofit and even holds an office key. According to the source, Christine thought that the singer could be interested in the cause. That initial conversation about the reality of human trafficking led to much more than just interest, it led to a full-time volunteer job!
The 26-year-old noted, "The idea of human trafficking to me is...I'm flabbergasted."
According to A21, there are more slaves in the world today than any other point in human history. Sadly, only 1% of those victims are rescued.
Those statistics and the organization's cause were enough to make Selena Gomez decide to devote most of her time to it, for free.
What do you think about this? Do you appreciate the fact that she kept this a secret for so long? Let us know what you think! In other recent news, "The View" just welcomed their newest conservative host on the season's premiere.