They’re not just numbers, you know. Some reports say there are 27 million slaves in the world, some say 3 million.
Some say we’ll never know because so much of the industries where they are enslaved are shady and underground. Because so many are born into this life.
And it’s so easy for me to forget that the girls and boys who are deceived, coerced, or kidnapped into forced labor or the sex trade aren’t just numbers. It’s not just sad because of what they have to do -work long hours in horrible conditions, be abused and raped multiple times every day – it’s tragic because they are HUMAN. Because they are someone’s beloved son, daughter, friend, cousin.
But they’re not treated like anything beloved anymore. They’re treated like property. Told that they owe the one who purchased them from a trafficker a debt. Their will is broken down until they believe that they are worthless now. That they are resigned to this life.
There’s so much despondency in talking about trafficking today, especially since we all celebrated our victory over slavery after the Civil War and William Wilberforce (well, not that we were there to celebrate, but… you know what I mean). We think about how hard it was to get that slavery issue all settled, how the remnants of that are still in our society today. And then when we realize that all over the world, in our very nation, people are in horrible slavery situations, we get exhausted. We think that it was fruitless to try and stop it and that since the numbers are huge and evil is rampant, we can do nothing.
This is the point where we could roll over and say that the evil people who are stealing the innocence of young girls and subjecting them to a life of horrors simply are too powerful. They win.
But then that when we remember that our God is a God of justice.
Isaiah 61:1 “The spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted and to proclaim freedom to the captives.
Isaiah 58: 6:-7 “Is this not the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?”
it’s on God’s agenda. And God is more powerful than any trafficker, brothel owner, or slavery advocate of any kind. He’s more powerful than I am, or any other person who desires to see slavery and oppression wiped out from the face of our globe.
And this is why we fight it. Not because we have any power in our own flesh and blood or because we’re just so fired up about freedom, but because our God is FOR us. And if our God is for us, then who could stand against us?
This is the part where you should read about Freedom Firm and Rethreaded and Love146 and go onto Google News and search “human trafficking”. They may be small, but there is victory every day over injustice.
In the Savior, injustice brought to right, for Your glory, that Your name be lifted high. Lord over everything, you are near. All of the universe is at Your feet. The lost are found, the blind will see. The lame will walk. The dead will live. And You, our God, forever You will reign.