A Voice for the Voiceless

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Proverbs 31:8 says, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.”

I was able to listen to a webinar this morning put on by the Christian Alliance for Orphans and Tom Davis, CEO of Children’s HopeChest. The topic: Sex Trafficking. 
Granted, probably not what most people want to wake up and spend an hour listening to, but something that is heavy on my heart because I believe it is something that is heavy on God’s heart. I think it breaks His heart in ways we cannot imagine. And it is something that breaks my heart in ways I never thought possible.  For me, it is not a bandwagon I am jumping on. It is a passion to see justice served and lives restored. It is something I am fully prepared to devote my life to in one capacity or another. And right now, that looks like spreading awareness. 
I normally hate statistics because I don’t think they convince people of anything, but perhaps they can paint a clearer picture of the seriousness and scope of this horrible industry.
-Sex Trafficking is the 2nd largest global crime raking in over 32 billion in “profits” each year.

-Predications state that it will surpass drugs to become #1 sometime in 2011 because, unfortunately, humans can be sold multiple times. 

-Only 1 to 2% of girls are ever rescued from sex trafficking.

-Only 1 in 100,000 Europeans are every convicted of sex crimes.

-Every two minutes another child is captured and enslaved in this “life”.

We live in a world that has amazing technological advances, health care advances, and wealth beyond imagination. And yet we also live in a world where slavery is the highest it has ever been at any point in history, people are dying from starvation and lack of clean water, and children are being lost, sold, killed, and infected with deadly diseases. And the problem is hitting closer and closer to home. Dan Rather did a very in-depth study on the problem of sex trafficking in Portland, Oregon.-you can check it out here. It is not something we can ignore anymore.

It’s a huge problem. It is very easy to get overwhelmed. To think, “I am just one person.” But that’s all it takes..one person. One person to start a movement. And if everyone stopped thinking, “I’m just one person,” imagine what we could do!

So, what can you do? What can just one person do?

*Educate yourself. Find out more about the issue. Check out Children’s HopeChest, World Orphans, or the Christian Alliance for Orphans.

*Educate others.

*Network. If you want to get involved, see if there is a local Human Trafficking Task Force in your  city. Find out who is involved in the fight and how you can get involved.

*Keep up with the news. This blog was just posted today- 2,000 Haitian Orphans Sold as Sex Slaves 

*Give. When girls are rescued it can cost over $1000 a month to rehabilitate them and educate them and give them a better life. Give towards the rehab side or sponsor a child to keep them in school and clothed and fed. 

*Buy products made by rescued girls. Check out fashionABLE, Stop Traffick Fashion, or Made by Survivors

*Pray. Pray for the girls. Pray for justice. Pray for the workers and the organizations. Pray for leaders to rise up and say enough is enough. 

Ultimately, do something. Whatever it is. Take a step. Pray. And follow God’s leading. I believe this is an issue we should all care about. And awareness is the first step. 

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