So, you meet “a friend” for coffee, you sit down, sip your coffee and 18 hours later you wake up in another country, chained to a bed, and the procession starts. A parade of men come through that room, doing as they please to you…while you are still chained to that bed. Over the course of just the first week, the average number of times per day you are manhandled, while chained to that bed, is at least 25.
This is human trafficking, and human trafficking is the subject of this post. This story, in particular, had a better ending than most. After the first week, during a trip to the bathroom, the victim found her backup phone…which the kidnappers didn’t know she had, and was able to call her mother, who in turn was eventually able to find and send help for her daughter.
In Atlanta, GA recently, a victim was rescued because her “trafficker” received a speeding ticket while she was in the car. She spoke up when she had the chance, and was taken into protective custody. At the time of the rescue, the young woman was, I believe, 17, but had been enslaved since the age of 12…having been sold from state to state, as a sex slave, since day one.
It’s slavery, pure and simple. The problem exists here in the U.S., having been identified in all 50 states, as well as in Washington, D.C. If I understood right, the average victim, once bound within the system, has a life expectancy of about 7 years.
I could throw a bunch of statistics at you, but what does it matter. Wrong is not qualified by numbers, nor is a victim’s misery measured by how much company she has. Human Trafficking just needs to be stopped, and its victims need to be supported, more likely nurtured, back to a normal life.
Since Life Lifted is dedicated to the resurrection of life and spirit within the broken, we can think of no sweeter souls to support, than victims of human trafficking, here at home, in the U.S.
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As always, thanks for reading and God bless!