Silent Slavery: The Horrifying Reality of Human Trafficking

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.

Proverbs 31:8-9

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….”

-William Wilberforce.

(Click here to read Victoria’s take on human trafficking.)

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49 thoughts on “Silent Slavery: The Horrifying Reality of Human Trafficking

  1. That quote at the end *sob*. You are so right, I first learned about human trafficking about a year ago I was so shocked and couldn’t believe something like this could happen in America. It seemed unreal. Thank you for the post to raise awareness of this awful reality! I have watched half of Priceless with my mom we haven’t got around to finishing the rest yet.

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      1. Yes, so far it was really good! My grandpa always tells me to trust people about as far as you can throw them. Which for some is hard to do but I read the news, I see the things that happen to people, and it is really scary. Being aware of your surroundings is always important. Stay safe and God bless!

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  2. That is an amazing post, thank you so much for sharing, Melani, you were gentle but sturdy in your points, and you had amazing points. ❤ 😀 Human trafficking is a horrible thing that needs to be wiped from the face of the earth-thanks.

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  3. Thanks for talking about this!

    The reality of this sunk in for me when a girl we knew was picked up in a parking lot. Now, after watching “Priceless” and living in Arizona so close to the southern border, this has really been on my mind.

    One organization I’ve been impressed with is Operation Underground Railroad. https://ourrescue.org/ Since they were founded at the end of 2013, they’ve rescued 1,400 children around the world. I know that’s a small fraction of those enslaved, but it’s a pretty good number for just getting started.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Paul! My heart breaks for that parking lot incident you described. I will definitely be praying for her!

      Operation Underground Railroad sounds amazing! I think their ministry is totally worth it even if only one life was saved. Have a great day!

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      1. Oh! That one had a happy ending by the way. They were able to get her back unharmed which was a huge miracle, but it definitely made it real.

        I agree! Every save is worth it.

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  4. Wow, that’s horrible. I was so shocked to find out about this. When I first heard about it, I didn’t really pay attention and brushed it off. But recently I’ve been hearing more and more about this. I’m so glad people are bringing awareness to this!

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  5. People end up in horrible situations. Human trafficking is out there, yet people think it’s unlikely, but it is more prevalent than it seems. Incredibly sad 😦 I think some of the domestic instances of human trafficking, like sex trafficking come from victimizing troubled young girls who run away or are at risk. More girls need a solid foundation to develop the knowledge to resist such dangers, as forewarned is forearmed. We need to bring more traffickers to justice, but we also need to educate people to spot red flags so they don’t become victims too. It’s amazing how naive and gullible many young girls are when it comes to sexual coercion! A lot of my friends in their teens used to idolize the lives of strippers and sex workers, thinking it would be easy money, and had no value on their virtue, reputation or themselves and were dangerously ignorant of the many dangers in that sort of life, including trafficking and slavery in all but name.
    https://aladyofreason.wordpress.com/

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  6. Thank you for speaking out about this!

    It’s a topic that many steer away from discussing because the reality is almost unbearable. What is taken from these children, the horrors they are forced into, is not something I can idly stand by and ignore.

    The reason trafficking continues is because we do not wish to be confronted by such abhorrent practices.

    When we as Christians, who are called to act, do nothing, we are complicit.

    If we ignore what makes us uncomfortable, if we do not act, we will be held accountable.

    This is why I write grit into my stories. This is why my characters do things that they don’t want to. They experience a miniscule amount of what really happens. I could never publish what actually happens to stolen children. It would tear me into pieces so I water it down. But should we be watering down the truth? Should we be glossing over the nightmare these victims go through? Do we do them a disservice?

    Slavery will not end until we stand up and stop pretending it’s not happening.

    And yes. I feel VERY strongly about this subject. As a mother as a woman and as a Christian my heart breaks for those in chains.

    Life isn’t fluffy. To pretend otherwise is dangerous for those who need someone to speak for them.

    Thank you again. 💞

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    1. I love what you wrote! “Life isn’t fluffy. To pretend otherwise is dangerous for those who need someone to speak for them.” That is incredible truth!

      Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day.

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  7. Yes, this is just another reminder to me that this world is not our home, and that one day we will be in Heaven where none of this ugliness will every happen again. It’s so easy to turn a blind eye, but sometimes we need to do the hard thing.
    I saw Priceless when it came out October of 2016, and it does a great job of shining a light on modern day slavery. Thank you for writing this reminder Melani ❤

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  8. This is SO important! So many people think that human trafficking and slavery aren’t a thing anymore, but it really is and we need to start taking a stand against it!

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  9. Human trafficking is a big problem spreading worldwide. It is really increasing in countries in Asia and even in the US. Some girls easily fall into the trap. It is really important parents are aware of who their kids hang out with in school and even outside of school. It is very important to check what sites kids are visiting. Whether it’s Facebook, it’s important to see who they are friends with. It is the parent’s responsibility to let kids know about such issues. I feel like the whole idea of human trafficking is not addressed enough in schools these days. Even college students can be victims of human trafficking.

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  10. Wow, what a sad and yucky world we live in. 😦 Thank you for raising awareness and encouraging us to pray. ❤
    I nominated you for the Light of The World Award on my blog. Should you choose to participate (totally understand if you don't) the details are in my latest post. 🙂

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