A few months ago, with our Convoy of Hope interns, I spent time in the home of a woman who sold her daughter to gypsies in order to pay for food for her younger children. The team and I were profoundly affected.
Slumdog Millionaire helped bring the issue to the attention of millions of people. The movie won the Oscar for Best Picture last year. In the film, beautiful children were enslaved by evil men. In portions of the movie, their enslavement meant they begged on the streets for money they couldn’t keep. At other times, it meant allowing others to gain pleasure at the expense of the innocent.
Kids should be free and safe and nutured…they should fly kites and enjoy life. And of course, no adult should be subjected to slavery of any form.
But slavery exists today all over the world…sexual slavery, slave labor and more. It exists in my country and on every continent.
Today, our President proclaimed January 2010 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Thank you Mr. President. Seriously. Great job on this proclamation.
I used to think that slavery and human trafficking were confined to the largest cities in lands far away. Unfortunately, it’s everywhere. A few months ago, I was in the midwest sharing about various things including human trafficking. A woman spoke up about the trafficking she was beginning to witness in a town down the road from her…here in the United States. As she got to know the poverty stricken area better and better, she saw it more and more clearly.
I’m thankful for organizations like Project Rescue. Their Homes of Hope around the world provide a place of hope for women and their children who’ve been victims of sexual slavery. They also have other places that reach out to those who’ve escaped slavery.
I’m thankful for f.r.e.e. international where Michael and the gang are helping victims here in the USA.
I’m thankful for Elizabeth. Her compassionate heart, combined with various connections combined with a visit to Project Rescue as part of our Convoy of Hope Internship program. She now helps with the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. She’s passionate about the cause and has done a ton to raise awareness where she lives in Columbia, Mo. I love that.
What a great awareness raising proclamation. May we realize a bit of what’s happening. May we do something about it!
My sister is doing something about it. She wrote and produced a kid’s worship CD/DVD. It’s called “One Life.” The kids at her church, Hammond (IN) First Assembly sing with her. What’s cool is that 25% of the proceeds will go to help Project Rescue. She and these kids (and those who purchase the project) are a part of helping victims of human trafficking. I think that’s pretty cool.