Natalia‘s friend wanted to set her up with a guy. She happily agreed. They met at a quaint little coffee shop and while Natalia was using the ladies room, he drugged her coffee. She passed out and was thrown in the trunk of his car. When she woke, she was chained to a bed where she was raped and beaten repeatedly. She was sold as a sex slave…
Nadia was raised in a poor village during a time of war. With little food and no hope, her dreams were overshadowed by the desperation she witnessed around her daily. Her desire to become a nurse seemed like an impossible feat until one day, just before her seventeenth birthday, a man approached her and told her about the abundance of opportunities just across the border in Greece. She followed the man’s plans, got her papers and headed to Greece. Her nightmare began in a small apartment that was supposed to be her new home. Within minutes after her arrival, several men rushed in, raped and beat her. Her new life was to be a sex slave.
Mary was shoved in a shipping container with 59 other woman and headed for her “new life” in Greece. The men who promised her a brighter future pushed her inside and sealed her fate. When the door closed behind the last girl and the oxygen was removed from the container, only half of the girls survived. The others were left to lay in their own excrement, and vomit until the end of the voyage. The remaining girls were rushed to a brothel, sold as sex slaves and forced into unspeakable sexual acts with dozens of men daily.
These three girls are all real. They actually exist. They are not characters from the movie Taken or its sequel. Liam Neeson is not their daddy and they were not rescued just in the “nick of time.”
And there are millions more.
In fact, every 30 seconds another person becomes a victim of the sex trafficking industry.
A few weeks ago, I had the absolute privilege of hearing Christine Caine, Founder of the A21 Campaign, (an organization existing to abolish sex trafficking and other 21st century injustices) speak at Moody Bible Institute. What she shared shook my small world and began closing the huge chasm existing between my safe life and this ominous world I live in. Here are some facts:
- 27 million slaves exist in the world today exploited for manual and sexual labor.
- The average age of a trafficking victim is 12 years old.
- 1-2 % of all slaves are ever rescued.
- 1 in 100,000 traffickers are ever convicted.
- Human Trafficking is the second largest organized crime in the world today.
- Human trafficking victims can be forced to service from 40 to 110 customers in one day.
- Malnutrition, sleep deprivation, as well as emotional and physical abuse become part of the day-to-day routine.
- In addition to the abuse, forced abortions and the contraction of STDs, Hepatitis B and C, and AIDS are ever looming probabilities. Life for a victim of sex trafficking is an incomprehensible evil.
I am greatly moved. I want to do something big! But I know I have to start small. The A21 website has offered a way to help reach out and make a difference. Click here for a list of 21 things you can do to help!
The video I have included is the message I heard at Moody. It is powerful, moving and convicting. Please take the time to listen to it in its entirety. You won’t be disappointed. Christine is mesmerizing. I realize that many of my readers are not Christians. Please listen anyway. Human Trafficking must be stopped.
Order Christine’s book Undaunted
-Caine, Christine. Undaunted, Daring to Do What God Calls You to Do. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012. Print.
“Mission Statement.” Stop Human Trafficking. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Nov. 2013.