Come Lord Jesus. Rescue the oppressed. My heart is heavy within me today as I read my Mission Pastor’s blog, gobeyondblog.com. Pastor Omar Garcia, his son, and a team of ladies from Kingsland Baptist Church are in India today. One of their visits was to a safe house where our church is helping to restore girls who have been rescued from the sex trafficking industry. Most American’s are oblivious to the horror of this industry, as was I, until my eyes were recently opened, and I heard the heart wrenching stories. Here are a few statistics regarding the sex trafficking industry.
• Human trafficking is the world’s third largest criminal enterprise, after drugs and weapons. (U.S. Department of State)
• Worldwide, there are nearly two million children in the commercial sex trade. (UNICEF)
• There are an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 children, women and men trafficked across international borders annually. (U.S. Department of State)
• Approximately 80 percent of human trafficking victims are women and girls, and up to 50 percent are minors. (U.S. Department of State)
• The total market value of illicit human trafficking is estimated to be in excess of $32 billion. (U.N.)
• Sex trafficking is an engine of the global AIDS epidemic. (U.S. Department of State)
Americans contribute to this problem by visiting pornographic websites and partaking in prostitution, totally clueless as to where these girls are coming from. Some of these girls are sold into slavery by their parents or a family member, and many are duped into thinking that they are taking a foreign job as a nanny, waitress, or dancer. These girls can be as young as 7, and in some places, the younger they are, the higher price their captors charge. They are often locked in dark rooms and told to service and unbelievable number of men a day. They have no access to health care, are beaten, and are often made to have many abortions.
Psalm 10:17 says, “You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; You encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.” Let us join the Lord in this work. Would you be willing to learn more about this horrific industry and the pain it causes its victims? Will you read about it and learn about international organizations that are actively participating in ending this evil? Would you pray for restoration of these girls’ lives and hearts? Will you pray for justice? Are you willing to give financial support to those whose lives have been ripped apart by a living hell? I urge you to consider how you can get involved, and use the blessings in your life to minister to these victims.