It is for Freedom: Slaves no more

On this, the last Wednesday of March, I’m joining the #CelebrateWomen blog carnival once again, this time to talk about how we can make a positive impact on women locally and/or globally.


If I survey the stats on Child Slavery around the world, the problem appears insurmountable. It’s easy to shove my hands skyward, convinced I can’t put a dent in those numbers.

If I listen to the statistics on Sexual Exploitation of Children, trafficked on the streets and virtual highways of the US, my outlook grows more grave. What can I do against a legion of opportunistic pimps and madams and predators?

Those numbers are bleak. According to the US Dept of Justice, children are, on average, entering prostitution between 12-14 years of age. The National Center on Missing and Exploited Children found that most runaways will fall prey to exploitation within 48 hours of their hitting the streets.

The number I cannot erase from my brain is 7. That’s the average number of years a child will spend in prostitution before they die, probably from homicide or HIV/AIDS.

But I’m not here to determine what the problem is, you can see more about that problem here. I’m asking you to make a difference in the lives of these girls and women (yes, there are men and boys, too, but the overwhelming majority of sexually exploited and trafficked children are girls, according to Shared Hope International).

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery – Galatians 5:1

 

Here are three things you can do:

1) Prayerfully consider getting involved in an abolition group. You can do that locally, nationally and globally. My favorite group is Love146, who take a three-pronged approach to sex-based human trafficking.They can use your donations, letter-writing skills and call-center volunteers.

2) Work with at-risk groups. Of the 1-1.5 million runaway kids in this country, 1/3 will probably have some experience with prostitution. Teen hotlines, crisis centers, youth groups, junior high schools, high schools and after school programs can help keep kids in their homes and off the streets.

3) Share this link on Facebook, Tweet it, email it – pass it on. The more people who see this message, and find a way to address the problem, the closer we move to a world without slavery.

In the comments, tell me about a local group people in your area can help in order to help children/women who have experienced the lowest of human nature. How do YOU make a difference?

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32 responses to “It is for Freedom: Slaves no more

  1. This link has been shared! I think if all of us do what we can with what we have where we are (thank you Theodore Roosevelt) we would all start to see a change for the better.

  2. Powerful post, Kristin! The saddest thing about this whole situation is that it happens right under our noses, and most people don’t even know or don’t want to be bothered with it.

    • Thank you for helping to get the word out about this post. I know that it’s happening here in Houston, which is a HUB for the trafficking. It’s heartbreaking, but we can make a difference.

  3. I love that you have a passion (can we call it conviction?) for this cause. Thank you for that. I’m going to find out more info and get involved.

    Thank you!

  4. One of my favorite verses! Tweeting this!

    My work with CASA and local community groups helps young women rise above the haze of our sick world.

    • I think I got the link from the Caase.org study from you, Justin. It’s a good resource. I think you and other CASA volunteers are the real deal and making a huge impact.

  5. What a beautiful and heart-felt post. It’s easy to look at the bigness of it and give up, but we have to remember that every person that we help is a person worthy of help. Great reminder.

  6. You can’t be a human and not have your heart broken by the sheer numbers of these girls abused, raped, trafficked…and when you realize the number you start to see it happening all the time in your local news. I see at least one story a month in Nashville of some girl being forced into that life. Thank God for groups like the Home Foundation who fight it.

    • I’ll have to check out Home Foundation, too. I love hearing about local programs who hit the problem hard while giving its victims a soft place to land. Thanks, Jason!

  7. >>How do YOU make a difference?
    ————————–

    I don’t. Yet.

    But to see and hear of how the enemy is destroying humanity through such a vile and despicable avenue of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and sexual deviancy, only serves to bring rage and anger to my spirit as a son of God.

    That being said, I think it’s time I introduced myself to this evil. And I will not be alone in this. It’s time the enemy realizes there are still yet sons of God who walk this earth, and we are here to be about our Father’s business.

    I needed to see and hear about this for myself. It’s time to do something about it.

  8. Human trafficking is one of the causes that makes me angry and helpless all at the same time. But even when I am overwhelmed, I can protect my daughter, educate those around me that slavery is not gone just because we don’t see its physical presence. I will be sharing this too!

  9. Awesome, thanks for the information. Funny, I’ve heard about Love146 a few times over the last month… checking out now!

    • It’s a great organization. They are caring, providing re-entrance into the world for those rescued and researching ways to help the areas from which most slaves are taken, so that they have other options. In some cities around the world, entire populations are complicit in slavery, because they have no other resources and turn to “human resources” in the basest sense.

  10. Mmm. I’ve been helping out with a local ministry for the last few years that helps women coming off the street. I’ve often wondered about how to take more preventative action. I think education is important.
    Thanks for educating us. 🙂
    I wonder what can be done to intercept and educate and rescue troubled children and young people before they become a statistic?

    • I think it’s probably going to take identifying at-risk kids in the elementary and junior high schools – socio-economically disadvantaged kids and those who might be abused at home – those are the ones most likely to run away, and find themselves shortly with few alternatives. Programs like Big Brother and Big Sister do a great job, but the more positive adult influences these kids have, the less likely they are to end up a statistic.

  11. I’ve shared the link on Twitter!

  12. I have a big, deep place in my heart for “at risk youth”. They yearn so much for connection, real and deep connection. With a sincere heart and open arms, you can easily be a part of dramatically changing their course in life. Before I had kids, I worked with a local Job Corps organization. It was there that God planted a seed in my heart to work with crisis pregnancy/at risk youth. While I’m not able to do that right now with my current situation, it is a part of my larger life goal. It is something I think about all the time.

    Have you seen the movie “Taken” with Liam Niessen? Talk about a Pop Parable!!! If you haven’t seen, I highly encourage you to watch it.

    I really like how you tied this into the celebrate women blog carnival.

  13. sorry to say I don’t know any local organizations. this has been on my radar a lot in the last year though. we’ve sponsored kids for awhile, but i haven’t been involved directly with any anti-trafficking agencies. good post though — i appreciate you taking the time to fill us in on what you’ve learned 🙂

    • I hate looking at a problem, feeling helpless. I think anything you’re doing to help children is helping to give them positive influence and enable them to stay out of that life. You and your wife are awesome for sponsoring children!

    • One area you might look into, which is often available locally when others aren’t, is battered women’s shelters. It isn’t anti-trafficking, but it can be a next best thing.

  14. Thanks, Kristin, for writing about this. Would you like to write about modern slavery highlighting Love146 on the Justice Journey? I’ve been thinking of asking you if you wanted to do a guest post on this very subject. Drop me an email if you’re interested.

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