Slavery is still very much alive in the 21st century. It may not look like it did in days gone, but every day, millions live a life of bondage, enslaved in sexual slavery. We are called to shine light on evil, not turn our heads.
Human trafficking is the 2nd largest organized crime and it affects every single nation. Life for they typical sex trafficking victim looks something like this:
“After a trafficking journey that typically involves deception, rape, beatings, and constant threats, victims are often forced to live in confining and unsanitary conditions. Once formally put to work, human trafficking victims can be forced to service from 40 to 110 customers in one day1. 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 STI’s, Hepatitis B and C, and AIDS are ever looming probabilities. Life for a victim of sex trafficking is hell on earth. This injustice is the reason The A21 Campaign exists.”
The A21 Campaign was started in 2007 in order to stand up and do something. To not only be a voice for these precious souls, but to take action. A21 works closely with the police, hospitals, & government officials to take a stand, rescue victims, and get predators convicted. They have opened shelters in Greece, and most recently, Ukraine, that provide a safe and comforting environment to those rescued and see that they get the medical and pshychological care they need, life coaching, assistance with university education, vocational training, access to legal assistance, and a chance at a new life! I LOVE what the A21 Campaign is doing, and I want to be a part. There are MANY ways to help, which you can find at their website under “21 ways to help”. Here is something we can all do TODAY. We can spread joy to those already rescued by simply sending them a Christmas card. We can let them know they are loved and valued, even from afar. We can send them the love of Jesus in the form of a simple gesture. And, our kids can be a part as well! What a great opportunity to teach our children about loving, caring, and valuing every life. We’re doing it as a family, and how great would it be to FLOOD these girls and boys with LOVE this Christmas season.
To learn more and obtain and address to send Christmas Cards Click here:
Let me know if you decide to stand up! I would love to hear from you!