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The headlines open our eyes. It was reported recently that police in Peru rescued nearly 300 women from sex trafficking. Among those rescued from about 50 brothels were at least 10 minors – the youngest was a 13-year-old girl.
Human trafficking is a growing problem in our world. It is a crime that knows no borders. It is modern slavery, and slavery is wrong.
There are estimates of 10-30 million slaves today around the globe. That means there are more slaves today than ever in the history of the world. After illegal drugs and weapons trafficking, it is the third-largest crime.
Human trafficking is a 32 billion dollar business. Yet, the average price of a slave is less than $100. Victims are trafficked for many purposes, such as commercial sex, agricultural work, or housekeeping. They all share the loss of the basic human right to freedom.
Many children are victims. To buy young children for sex is very evil. If I must explain to you why it is so evil, you have a problem. Get help. As a popular campaign says, “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls.”
Slavery is not only a problem in poor countries. Between fourteen to eighteen thousand people are trafficked INTO the United States each year. Studies have found that just New York City has nearly four thousand sex trafficked children. That number does not include children from foreign countries.
Slavery has been a problem since the beginning of time. But why is there such a big problem with human trafficking today?
There are several reasons for this problem. One cause is a need for money. There is a great divide between the rich and the poor in today’s world. Poor people struggle to live. In order to stay alive, they need their children to work. It is easy for a poor person to be tricked for money. Bad people come to villages and claim that there is money to be made in big cities. They offer poor parents money if their children will come to work for them. It sounds like a good deal when you are hungry for food. But, it is a trap. The children are brought into a life of slavery.
A large cause for sex trafficking is the growing pornography business. New technology allows sexually graphic material to easily enter our homes. The Internet, for example, is full of evil material. Even satellite TV with “X-rated” shows can be found in the smallest villages of the Andes Mountains. The use of pornography can become an addiction and often leads people to the purchase of sex. Again, there is money to be made.
C.S. Lewis once said, “All that we call human history–money, poverty…war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery–[is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.”
Brothers and sisters, it is right to fight for freedom. Never stop. Die for it if you must. But always remember that true freedom for our world can only be found in God.
As the Bible says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1).
I’m Leon Smith.