I looked into the eyes and heard the testimony of a Mexican girl- a victim of human trafficking.
Human Trafficking is our modern day slavery; the slavery plaguing our generation.
Human Trafficking is illegally trading human beings for the purposes of forced labor and sex trafficking, with an average victim being 12 years-old. Only 1-2% of victims ever find their freedom.
It sounds impossible, unimaginable, unfathomable, but the United Nations estimates that there are more than 27 million people being held as slaves worldwide.
As you’re reading this article.
This girl, named Madai (she is my age, by the way) was betrayed by her pimp. She thought she was in love. She thought he was in love with her. And then he sold her into the sex trade. She attended to more than 30 clients each day. She was forced to be a sex slave in Mexico City when she was only 19 years old. She was able to escape her pimp and eventually renounce him. Now she lives a restored life and dedicates her life to speaking out, about, and against Human Trafficking in Mexico. When she shares her testimony, she recounts seeing little kids- boys and girls- teenagers and women being exploited and used as merchandise, again and again.
How is it humanly possible to sell another human? To exploit a person for the gaining of power and money? Why do so many of us ignore the problem? Why haven’t more of us stood up for those who are suffering, for those without a voice?
While the Bible does not explicitly mention Human Trafficking, it does have much to say regarding social justice and righteousness. A great passage of scripture for us to reference on this subject comes from Isaiah 42:1-7.
Have you ever wondered what you can do about it; if the Bible has anything to say about you having a part in social justice? Jeremiah 22:3 tells us:
And the million dollar question: Why on earth does God stand by and let it happen? If He is able to stop it, why won’t He? What is He doing about it?
If we read more from the prophet Isaiah, we see that God is in fact doing a whole lot about it. And, if we do not become engaged in carrying out justice in our world, He will enact His own justice.
In other words, if we don’t act, He will.
Every 30 seconds, another person becomes a victim of human trafficking.
In the time it took you to read this article, at least 10 people were robbed of their freedom.
The average person sells for $90
In many places, the very people who should be protecting and rescuing these victims are the ones most responsible for exploiting them.
These are the facts.