Why we want to raise fund for Destiny Rescue.
# There are an estimated 27 million adults and 13 million children around the world who are victims of human trafficking.
#An estimated 30,000 victims of sex trafficking die each year from abuse, diseases, torture and neglect. Eighty percent of those sold into slavery are under 24, and some are as young as six years old.
# Pregnant woman are increasingly being trafficked for their newborns.
The statistics say it all. Need I speak any further? But I will. Sex traffic is a violation of all human rights, dignity and innocence. It is beyond disgusting, it is evil with a name; it is the devil rearing his ugly self. It creates loss and a depth of grief for a person that will remain with a person forever, an ever lasting unwanted friend that never leaves.
Lurking in the shadows of this evil industry is the girls and boys themselves. The innocent and precious people who have no say over their lives, who are abused, degraded and shamed every moment of every day. We need to remember that these people have names, they have personalities, and they have thoughts, desires, and dreams. Perhaps some have hope, but perhaps for many, hope is dashed on the rocks of reality. They are real, they have identities; we must not see them as a statistic but a life to be cherished.
So what is our responsibility? What are the responsibilities of the informed, the wealthy, and the liberated? I believe it is our responsibility to advocate, to create awareness, to pray, to give, to change international law, to put pressure on the corrupt governments that allow this, to develop communities so they don’t need the money the sex trade brings. Essentially, we are responsible to do all we can to stop this, to work for the day when people are no longer for sale.
As Shane Claiborne states, “I love the old saying that the Gospel should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable, because we begin to feel [ourselves] moved with responsibility… it demands something of us. And that’s the kind of love that Dostoevsky spoke of when he said the kind of love we’re talking about is not the sentimental love of story books and fairy tales but its the love that keeps you up at night, its the harsh and dreadful love that won’t let you sleep while someone else is suffering.”
May we love with less sentiment and more action, and pray with brokenness, tears and affection. May we come to see those suffering through eyes of intimacy and compassion. May we be generous and gracious, sacrificial and humble. Not for the sake of our cause, or of any cause, but for the sake of their suffering. May the slave trade end. Amen.