SYLVIA McCRORY MAY 2020
Someday, I pray this appalling abuse of children will cease to exist. I pray caring people will put this on the forefront of these despicable atrocities. No one, especially children should be treated as objects who must endure the crimes being committed to them.
The Bible instructs us about helping the widows, orphans, children, and the poor. These abused children hold a special place for our Lord. We should remain mindful of the words repeated many times in the Bible.
“Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless. Exodus 22:22-24 (NIV)
Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17 (NIV)
The Lord watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. Psalm 146:9 (NIV)
Below are some resources for more information.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888
Polaris Project www.polarisproject.org
Shared Hope International www.sharedhope.org
The A21 Campaign www.a21.org
Agape International Missions: Stop Human Trafficking www.agapewebsite.org
International Justice Mission – End Slavery in our Lifetime www.ijm.org
ECPAT USA www.ecpatusa.org
These are some, but not all of the resources. The magnitude of this epidemic of wicked, perverse activity, I fear is still unknown by many. It would be wonderful to see public service announcements bringing this to light, in hopes of raising awareness and encouraging more actions by lawmakers and law enforcement. Public service announcements should instruct children how the brainwashing occurs and how to find help, in the event they are ever victims.
In my research for these articles, I have learned:
- The magnitude of the problem
- The young ages of the victims
- That many times it is easier to treat the victims as criminals, than to trace the source of the crimes
- Very few “johns” or people paying for the sex are charged
- This is hugely under-reported – because the children are too fearful of the consequences or have been brainwashed not to trust police
- Some of the victims are carried into other countries, making language a barrier to help prevent their escape. Likewise, many victims are brought into the US for the same reason.
- Victims will need years of counseling and therapy
- There are laws to protect victims, but law enforcement needs more training to identify and respond to victims.
- Sex trafficking is one of the world’s fastest growing criminal industries. With children believed to be 1 in 7 to as many as 1 in 4 of the victims of sex trafficking.
- Sex trafficking generates an estimated $150 billion year, becoming an industry almost as large as illegal drugs.
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