Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die, open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
Hey guys. My dear friend Victoria and I are partnering on a collaborative post for the 20.9 million victims of human trafficking. We were recently on an amazing writer’s retreat together, and while we were there we discussed the horrors of human trafficking and how we can raise awareness and help make a difference.
No one wants to think about it. No one wants to talk about it. But for the 20.9 million people who call this their reality, I think we should.
12-14 years old is the most common age girls are sold into sex slavery. Between 14,500-17,000 people are trafficked into the US every year. Human trafficking generates a profit of 32 billion dollars per year.
This. Has got. To stop.
“Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery- a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 20.9 million people around the world. And no matter where you live, chances are it’s happening nearby. From the girl forced into prostitution at a truck stop, to the man discovered in a restaurant kitchen, stripped of his passport and held against his will. All trafficking victims share one essential experience: the loss of freedom.”
The Polaris Project.
I think we can all agree that these people are going through an absolutely terrible experience.
My heart hurts to think of what they’re going through at the hands of fellow humans. I firmly believe that prayer is our weapon here in battling this war.
“It’s called the Natasha Project,” my dance teacher once explained. “It’s a dance ministry based in London to raise awareness on human trafficking.”
I was probably about 15 years old at the time. Our teacher pulled up a YouTube video of their performance, and wow, they were talented and had a powerful message.
“For King and Country is releasing a new movie. Priceless.”
I’ve been wanting to see Priceless for quite a while, but I haven’t had the opportunity yet. It’s based on the true story of a man who took a shady job driving a box truck across the country… and then discovered two passengers who were being delivered to a human trafficking ring.
The news headline on Facebook caught my eye. An abandoned trafficking camp had been discovered in Arizona.
This happened only a few days ago. US veterans were on patrol to help the homeless outside of Tucson, Arizona, when they discovered a very alarming situation.
They believe that they have uncovered a camp that was used to imprison and torture children.
“I’ve been a homeless advocate for a decade and have seen hundreds of camps and I’ve been homeless myself and I’ve never seen a camp like this,” Veteran Jon Mclane explains.
This is a big deal and it happens everyday.
I know it’s one of those issues that pains us to think about. But we need to be earnestly praying for the people trapped in this life.
“You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say that you did not know….”
(Click here to read Victoria’s take on human trafficking.)