The recent Human Trafficking and Slavery Awareness and Prevention Month focus was a reminder, near the beginning of a new year, that modern-day slavery and human exploitation continue to plague our world, our country and our communities.
Childhood sexual abuse and exploitation is more than something that happens “far, far away.” It is a very real issue for the families—and ministries reaching out in the United States to over 100,000 girls (most between the ages of 9 and 19) who are abused and trafficked each year in our own neighborhoods, our own towns and cities. Churches and Christian disciples must fight against it and the evil spiritual forces behind it.
Darkness looms over human trafficking. But Jesus, the Light of the World, continues to bring people alongside of those rescued to add emotional and spiritual resources to these survivors. Together, through our actions, prayers and support, we can create awareness to help rescue and restore young girls who are trafficked in America—and around the world.
Every year over 100,000 girls in the United States are forced to do someone’s sexual bidding. Most of them are between the ages of 9 and 19. This is not some faraway, foreign problem. This is in our own neighborhoods, our own towns and cities … (More)