Today was sent from God. I have always felt a sense of urgency to help stop modern day slavery. But I hear many horrific stories and overwhelming statistics. There are more slaves TODAY then ever in the history of the world. The fact that human trafficking is the fastest growing organized crime in America feels like a bear of a problem to even touch. It is faster growing than drugs and weapons. Why? Because people can be resold and resold and resold and they can be snatched away at no cost. LIVING HUMANS. The fact that there are millions of woman, children, and even men who are chained to beds of horror, right now, forced into sexual acts of evil all day and night and abused and drugged in ways that I don't think I should even type, makes me sit frozen and helpless. What can I do? I care enough, but how can I help a girl that is now hidden in a brothel in chains? How can I get the babies born in the brothels out of the cardboard boxes they live in? Why is it that traffickers can buy infants for the sex trade for as little as $100 and I have to find $50,000 to bring them into my loving home as my child? I have been totally confused and just feel as though it is all out of my reach.
Well today, I went to a Civilians first response for human trafficking and I have been completely empowered. I am so thankful that there is something that I can do. 100s of ways I can prevent and keep eyes and ears out for victims and predators. It is sad to know that trafficking is happening in my neighborhood. That not far from me there are actual souls, reported as young as 6 months old, that are used for sex or labor against their will. America is the THIRD nation in the WORLD for human trafficking. It is all over and I have finally learned what to look out for. Law Enforcement, teachers, parents and healthcare etc. are slowly but surely being informed as so many situations are looked over because it is such a secretive and dangerous industry. People are becoming aware that Pornography pays and feeds into sex slavery like CRAZY. People involved in the pornography business even claim that it is hard for them to believe that the things they are aloud to do are even legal. I learned that ONLY 1% of prostitutes are prostituting voluntarily. I mean, we got to break some myths people.
Predators are men and women, and victims are sought out riding the bus, at parks, in schools, internet, sexting, in the malls, in their homes. etc. Parents, calmly, we need to inform our children and not hide them from signs of threats to themselves and friends. We don't want to instill hatred or fear in their hearts but to empower them to help change and protect those around them. Since kids know a lot what is going on, we just need to help them connect the dots.
I have been given a lists and brochures of things to look out for and numbers to call to respond. Two pages of things that I, a stay at home mom, can do to help. I needed this. Those precious children and adults who are sold everyday need this. They need regular people like us to respond and be suspicious and be our own little detectives to save lives.
I have a few AWESOME stories of redemption to share tomorrow but I am going to sleep, resting on this verse that it is in His hands. And even though the devil is pissed off at humanity and trying to kill us because of how much God loves us, no one can ever snatch our Savior away from us.
"Father of the Fatherless and protector of widows, is God in his holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity." Psalm 68:4-6
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