Did you know that there are more slaves today than there were during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade? Did you know that many people contribute to this slavery without even knowing it?
January is National Human Trafficking Awareness month. Today is the "day". I actually didn't know this until today. The funny thing is, I had a dream last night that Aaron and I worked for International Justice Mission. What a dream. So it's been on my mind a lot today. I kept seeing the Facebook posts and the blog links .... and well, this sad reality has just been on my mind and heart a lot today. Actually, there is one aspect that has been on my mind and heart a lot lately regarding the modern day human trafficking reality.
Yup, you read that right. I read an article a few weeks back that smacked me upside the head in the truth that one cannot be anti-human trafficking and "okay" with porn all at the same time. The two go hand in hand, and if you are going to be against one, you have to take a stand against both. This is the article that I read.
"Pornography is not a ‘harmless pastime,’ but the fuel that drives prostitution, sex shops and human slavery."
by Bob DeMoss
In case you don't plan on reading that entire article....allow me to cut and paste....
"The U.S. Department of State estimates 600,000 to 800,000 victims are trafficked internationally every year for purposes of entering the sex trade (stripping, prostitution, pornography, and live-sex shows), and labor exploitation (sweatshops and domestic servitude). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports, “After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today.”"
"While the horrors of human trafficking stir many hearts to action, there is far less anger directed toward mainstream commercial sex businesses, such as strip clubs and pornography that act as feeder industries for trafficking operations."
"In the business of commercial sex, pornography serves as the marketing vehicle."
So there you have it. It's a sad, disgusting reality that is rapidly becoming the "norm" in our society. Another fantastic article sums it disgustingly well.... "In terms of money, porn is a $10 to $14 billion dollar industry. This makes it a bigger business than professional football, basketball, and baseball—combined."
So today, 1.11.12, on Human Trafficking Awareness Day, I chose to talk about how a large population, people you know - people I know ... are adding to the problem, not helping. This makes me sick. This makes me sad.
I have 3 daughters. One from Africa where not too long ago, her family could have/may have been a part of some of our text books most tragic events. I have 3 daughters who I can't ever imagine being a sad statistic for the pleasure of a disgusting "pastime". I can't help but think about our current day that hoists the largest numbers of "slaves" ever known without a gnawing pit in my stomach. A large portion of these slaves are not plowing our fields or cooking our food .... but posing on screen. Nameless. Detached. For the pleasure of ......
For more information about today's Human Trafficking crisis and how you can be a part of the solution, my top 3 favorite organizations are, Not For Sale, International Justice Mission, and my local favorite.... iEmpathize.