The First Step: Awareness of Human Trafficking
Throughout the 2012 presidential campaign in the United States, a common refrain from the Democrats was about the Republican Party’s “War on Women.” If you put up enough smoke and mirrors, eventually a society is led along the path the media and our leaders desire to show us.
I’ve come to understand that the true war on women has nothing to do with what we are being led to believe it is. In this post-election analysis that we are all engaging in, I’ve made a more conscious effort to tune out the media and listen to God. As is often my experience, God will repeatedly bring an issue to my attention when He wants to get my attention.
During the past year, in a surreal compare and contrast to the day’s politics, one thing has been repeatedly brought to my attention: The issue of human trafficking and the devastating treatment of women around the world.
According to The A21 Campaign website:
Did you know that there are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe?
Every thirty seconds, someone is forced into this type of bondage – modern slavery.
Men, women, and children are being exploited for manual and sexual labor against their will.
The average age of trafficking victims is 12 years old.
Women and children are often kidnapped into the industry or sold into it by family under desperate circumstances.
The average age of victims continues to grow younger as clients seek “fresh” product.
Only 1-2% of victims are ever rescued.
These are the facts. Knowing this, what was I to do? So, I looked around for opportunities. I volunteered to help with a local jewelry show at which we sold handmade items from women released from bondage. In November, I attended two church service at which the issue of human trafficking was discussed.The experiences and sermons couldn’t have been more different, but the conclusions were the same.
This is a huge and horrible issue. The darkness of it can be overwhelming, but the light of God shines brighter. We may not be able to do everything to stop it, but we can do something.
Sometimes we can only work to bring awareness to the issue. Knowing this, how can we not do something to stop it? If awareness is the first step, let this be the first step.