It’s a hard subject. It’s something that most people don’t want to think about. We shouldn’t have to think about it. But the truth is, we need to. The first step to staying safe in this broken world is to be aware. We need to keep our eyes open, and as much as I would like to bury my head in the sand and not have to worry about such things, that really isn’t the wisest option.
This issue has been coming to my attention a lot lately, and I don’t know what God’s purpose for that is. But I have been seeing things to do with it everywhere. Facebook, other social medias, and even friends posting in support of the cause against it. This past year, this cause has become something that is very near and dear to my heart, and I wanted to share it with you.
My dear friend Melani, is partner posting with me on her own blog, here.
The statistics for Human Trafficking, not just in the entire world, which feels like a big pool, but the US alone has thousands of victims each year. Fifteen times every day a minor is trafficked. That doesn’t even count the adults. . .
I live in Michigan, with Grand Rapids a literal short drive down the road. It’s the biggest city close to us and I was shocked and appalled to find out that it is one of the biggest cities for Human Trafficking in the united States, second to Detroit in our own state.
“Lawmakers in Michigan estimate that every month up to 150 girls under the age of 18 are sold into the world of sex trafficking, according to the task force it’s a $32 billion industry across the world.” ~ Fox 17 News Online
Michigan is in the top 11 states for Human Trafficking and that has blown my mind. Grand Rapids has a lot of quick exits with highways that intersect through and out in several different directions. It’s a place full of people. An easy target.
I personally live in a college town, not far from Grand Rapids. It was just this spring that a young woman was accosted and raped just two blocks from where I work. Needless to say, it shook me up to realize that it happens so close to home.
Target’s and other shopping centers within twenty minutes of us have been places of attempted kidnappings, assaults with reports of groups of people tag-teaming and following people around the store, then out to their car.
Why am I sharing all of this? Because I believe that the first step to either fixing a problem, or staying safe yourself is to be aware of what is happening around you. It’s important to be safe and to make sure that you don’t put you or a loved one in danger when you are out and about.
But with all of that said, we can’t just sit back and let this happen. We can’t close our eyes to it. We need to be aware and step forward to help the people who are in such dire straits. My heart breaks over all of the people and families who have been broken over this terrible issue.
Here are some ways that we can help.
Enditmovement was created to bring awareness and support people, ministries and companies who are in the trenches seeking to free people and put an end to this atrocity. One of my favorite ministries, World Vision is one of the front runners. February 22nd is National Shine a Light on Slavery day.
Priceless Movement: Some of you may have heard about this one. It was founded by the Smallbone family amongst whom are some up and coming musicians, artists and filmmakers. Their movie PRICELESS, spoke the truth about some of the horrors of Human Trafficking without getting super graphic, but in a way that impressed upon my mind the importance of doing something. They have a great list of resources and lists of local ministries where you can help.
This is an issue that needs to be in the open. We like to stay comfortable and not talk about such ugly things, but there has come a time when we need to step up and not stand on the sidelines any longer. I am speaking to myself here, just as much as anyone else. So, join the cause with me. With God, all things are possible and no darkness can stand where His light dwells. Let’s end this together.
By God’s Grace,