Just…End Slavery.

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Greetings my English-speaking friends and those wanting to learn, welcome to Just English!

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.

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Just…Freedom.

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Greetings my English Speaking Friends and those wanting to learn, welcome to Just English!

Last Sunday our country of Peru voted for a new president. Through a democratic process, the people of Peru have chosen their next leader.

It was a close vote. Some of you are happy. Some of you are sad. Maybe it was a difficult choice and you are not sure what to think about the results. Everyone can be thankful that Peruvians have the freedom to vote.

A democracy allows people the freedom to make a choice. Voting is one of many important freedoms.

What is freedom and why is it important?

Freedom is basically the right to do what you want, to make your own decisions and express your own opinions. Having freedom encourages creativity. Freedom leads to new thoughts. Freedom brings hope for our future. Freedom even allows for learning and growth through failure.

Of course, with that freedom we need to respect the rights of others. I’m not talking about having no laws or raising our children without discipline. That is not what I mean by freedom.

It might help you understand freedom’s value by giving you an example of what is the opposite of freedom. This week my family made a new friend but her life is a sad story. She is a 10 year-old girl who has not known freedom. Her mother kept her in a locked room since birth. She had no freedom. She is not able to walk or talk. Without freedom, there was little development in her life.

Can you imagine being kept in a locked room for most of your life? I cannot. I like to walk around my neighborhood. I like to have the freedom to make choices. I enjoy the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press, the freedom of religion, the freedom from slavery.

Slavery is a big problem today around the world. There are many people, even children, who are slaves. Some people are slaves for financial reasons. Some people are slaves for labor. Even worse, some people are slaves for sex.

With our own freedom, we need to help those who do not have it. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “With freedom comes responsibility.”

We have the freedom to do wrong. But we are called by God to use our freedom to do right.

In the Bible, we read that, “You were indeed called to be free, brothers and sisters. [But] Don’t turn this freedom into an excuse for your corrupt nature to express itself. Rather, serve each other through love…” (Gal. 5 – GOD’S WORD Translation)

We are called to use our freedom for good.

God wants you to be free.

God freely chooses to be in relationship with you through his son, Jesus. He gives you freedom from evil and guilt: you are forgiven in Jesus. It cost a lot – Jesus died to pay for your freedom. And He gives that freedom to you as a gift. Through that freedom you are able to serve others with love.

True freedom for people of any country is not found in an election. True freedom comes through a relationship with God.

Go, live in freedom this week. I’m Leon Smith.