I am at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas this morning. This major University is home to students from all over the world. I had breakfast this morning and as I walked around campus I found a handwritten phrase that you see above: End Human Trafficking.
It was one of those surprising coincidences as I had written on the subject a few days ago. I focused on the link between pornography and enslaved people.
The truth is, pornography is only a piece of the problem.
$8000 is the going price for a child. In Morgan County, Alabama the FBI arrested a man for agreeing to kidnap a 14-year-old and sell her to a trafficker in Memphis. Authorities say 12 or 13 is the average age of entry into the sex trafficking web.
Your local hotel could be a hotspot for trafficking. A recent report from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline shows that 92% of their hotel calls involve sex trafficking. 5% involve forced labor and 2% involve both.
Jesus came to end the spiritual enslavement of mankind (Luke 4:18; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Ephesians 4:8). While we who are free, remain in this world we are to help the troubled and downtrodden. We always apply the golden rule of Matthew 7:12. We can deliver the enslaved to a better life here and a life of glory in the next world.
What can I do?
Observe. Open your eyes. The Polaris Project website, linked above, offers clues to what you might notice.
Act. Do not assume someone else will make a report. That person that you think may be a victim needs you to make a call.
Share this article and others like it. Spread the word that slavery did not end with the Emancipation Proclamation.
Pray. Be in constant prayer for the victims of human trafficking. There is nothing greater that you can do.
Have you seen possible cases? What has been your experience? Your comments could help us better understand this diabolical crime.