For some time I knew that God placed this on my heart, for years actually. I am not sure of what this will grow into but I know it is a big part of personal development for us to have AWARENESS. Being aware of the realities of the world we live in, not to be afraid, but aware and not settle for less, or anything of that matter, when it comes to quick money, being loved/liked, running away from our pain and brokenness, anything.
I have been and knew of some people with very real, close encounters and/or dealings with prostitution, human trafficking, etc. They gravitate to me and I really didn’t know what it was I could do to help them get out besides state facts and learn as much as I could to share with them. Most of the time their exposure to the world of sex trafficking does not happen immediately. Most of the time it happens in steps and they are eased into this lifestyle that exposes them to things that would open them up to something deeper. Sometimes, they are stolen, sometimes, they don’t get to make a choice and are forced into human trafficking (sex and labor trafficking), drugs and more.
I recently listened to a book by Mark Batterson, In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day, in that book he shared a story about how one of his friends changed his careers to become a videographer, I believe, because he was inspired to learn more about human trafficking and had watched a documentary about it in Africa. He knew is was from God when he realized the inspiration was really a nudge and decided to trust God as He opened the doors for him to quit his job, prepare for a trip to Africa, meet the ambassador for the country he would be visiting and make his way there to do the work he was called to do. It was interesting as this was a very small part of the book, which I listened to almost five times, and it just kept on standing out to me.
What happened to our lost girls? Where are they?
So I was finally inspired to write this after seeing multiple postings all over social media about #MissingDCGirls & #FindOurGirls. There were about 14 young ladies that were posted on these images that were shared all over my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds.
So what happened to them and where are they? According to a few news articles, Ugly truth behind missing D.C. black girls & THE TRUTH BEHIND VIRAL DC MISSING GIRLS’ POSTS, I read that some of these missing black girls in DC, the cases were older and there is a decrease in the amount of missing persons cases. I’ll let you read and make your own analysis and/or conclusion on your own.
Whatever the case may be, human trafficking is still very real and is an epidemic that needs to be known and talked about so we can be aware and protected for our future, our children’s future and our children’s children’s future.
So What Is Human Trafficking?
Manna Freedom provides an extremely detailed and well-stated definition of human trafficking as well as some additional information. “Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Victims of human trafficking are subjected to force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of commercial sex, debt bondage, or forced labor.
Traffickers use force, fraud and coercion to compel women, men, and children to engage in these activities. Force can involve the use of physical restraint or serious physical harm. Physical violence, including rape, beatings, and physical confinement, is often employed as a means to control victims, especially during the early stages of victimization, when the trafficker breaks down the victim’s resistance. Fraud involves false promises regarding employment, wages, working conditions, or other matters.”
Human trafficking in America
Two years ago Jessica McLaughlin wrote an article for Law Street, Human Trafficking: Alive in the United States, which shares the amount, age range, and location of where are girls can just be picked up and forced into human trafficking.
“In the United States, the average entry to prostitution is 12-14 years old. Previously sexualized victims and runaways are high-risk victims. Domestically, between 14,500 and 17,500 victims are trafficked into the United States annually. California has the highest volume of sex trafficking areas. The top 20 highest volume cities include Houston, El Paso, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Charlotte, Miami, Las Vegas, New York, Long Island, New Orleans, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Seattle, and Tampa.”
Human trafficking in other countries
Huffington Post’s very own 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Slavery, Human Trafficking (And What You Can Do About It) by Eleanor Goldberg titled one of her points, “There are more slaves around the world today than ever before in history,” but the articles I mentioned early on stated there has been a decline in the missing persons. I leave that alone.
Eleanor shared a lot of bite-sized facts in her article mentioning things such as the Super Bowl Host city and hotels where you vacation, not to mention the Pornography industry which is a beast within itself. She noted the fact that some of the porn stars are indeed victims of human trafficking.
Going back to the Law Street article by Jessica McLaughlin, she also shared a video with a link to the transcript of President Obama on September 25, 2012, President Obama’s Speech on Human Trafficking:
“When a little boy is kidnapped, turned into a child soldier, forced to kill or be killed—that’s slavery. When a little girl is sold by her impoverished family—girls my daughters’ age—runs away from home, or is lured by the false promises of a better life, and then imprisoned in a brothel and tortured if she resists—that’s slavery. It is barbaric, and it is evil, and it has no place in a civilized world.”
I pray for those who are still lost, both physically and mentally. I pray for the brokenness and emptiness that may or may not have been or will be what leads them to devastation. I pray that my words aren’t meaningless and someone gets healed and delivered from this article.
This is still once again a very real and ongoing epidemic. It is devastating and needs more traction, more people speaking up on the issue and more people with real knowledge about human trafficking overall.
How will you make a difference?
Click here to listen to a survivor’s story one of our very own RYJ guests.
Tips/Strategies to Help, Recognize & Get Somone Out
Contact Info/Emergency Hotline
Here is some information from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center
Need help? United States:
1 (888) 373-7888
National Human Trafficking Resource Center
SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”)
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Languages: English, Spanish and 200 more languages
Dear Lord, our Father in heaven,
I thank you for wisdom, knowledge and exposure to this terrible overlooked epidemic in our world. I thank you for placing the heaviness on my heart so that I have something to help deter your girls and young women from by sharing this knowledge and safety tips with them. By helping them to fully understand who you have called them to be that they will not lack in anything, no love, no provision nothing that can stop or distract them from the destiny you have in store for them. i pray you have you hand on each and everyone of their lives Lord and cover them with you blood and a shield of protection over their lives. I pray you release the Jon’s from being bound by the demons that have a stronghold on them. I pray you release the pimps from the evil spirits controlling them. I pray that you build up organizations and businesses to provide assistance to continue creating awareness, aiding in prevention and helping them get out victims, survivors and those who are the ones supporting/controlling/fueling this epidemic. I pray for a covering from not just myself but that you place the heaviness on a multitude of hearts. I pray for a mass intercession on behalf of them all. Please cover and protect our girls, your girls, their souls.
In Jesus mighty name,