At just eleven years old, “Stacey” found herself living on the streets. She was afraid, but she knew it had to be better than the home situation she was running from.
Her optimism kept her going. She truly believed some caring adult would see her and offer help. But this never happened. Not one adult offered to help her – not one “caring” adult, that is.
Instead Stacey experienced the unspeakable horrors of human trafficking.
With 800,000 men, women and children being trafficked (forced into prostitution or involuntary labor) worldwide every year, how long do you think it will be before this heinous crime affects you or someone you care about?
This underground evil often imprisons its victims in deplorable conditions for years until they escape or are rescued. And it’s likely happening right now – in your community.
Proverbs 31:9 (ESV) speaks strongly about what to do when we see others being mistreated:
Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
I spoke with three extraordinary people doing exactly this: Julie Smith (Social Services Program Coordinator for the Salvation Army), and Elder Lee Thomas and Dr. Kimberly Thomas (Pastors of Destiny Church of God, International).
During our conversation, I learned what human trafficking is, how to spot it in our communities and how to help put an end to it.
They told me true stories, like “Stacey’s” (a name I made up), which I shared earlier. And about how Pastors Lee and Kimberly were surprised to learn why their server had a numbered tattoo on her neck.
Julie also told us about a woman who was subjected to human trafficking as a teenager, just three doors from her home. Thankfully, she has since come out of human trafficking and now shares her story to help others.
What would happen if we were to give these stories the attention and compassion they deserve?
I would like to end with a challenge from Pastor Lee which goes well with this week’s verse: “Make it your business to get involved just as you would want others to if it were your child, grandchild, niece or nephew who was in trouble.”
For more information about Human Trafficking, please contact:
Julie at Julie.Smith@uss.salvationarmy.org
Pastors Lee and Kimberly at DestinyChurchOfGod@gmail.com.
You can also contact:
The END IT Movement (EndItMovement.com)
Truckers Against Trafficking (TruckersAgainstTrafficking.org).
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