A couple of weeks ago a friend and I were having dinner in Pizza and Vino, when I asked her whether she knew about the work A21 were doing. To cut a long story short, my friend put me in contact with a friend, who told me about a seminar offered by Traffick Wise to raise awareness about human trafficking.
Traffick Wise and Nefarious
This afternoon was the first day of the seminar and in a short amount of time my perceptions have changed. What I thought was a big problem, turns out to be an enormous problem, that demands our attention.
We ended the evening by watching a documentary called Nefarious, Merchant of Souls. The trailer is a brilliant summary of the film, it paints the pictures we know and imagine sex trafficking to be, but also the brutal influence of poverty, ancestral respect and the search for fame and fortune. It shows us the hell these girls are going through daily and then, it brings hope.
Ne·far·i·ous [ni-fair-ee-uhs] (adjective): extremely wicked or villainous; iniquitous
What is Human Trafficking?
I thought I knew and yet my definition, lacked the full essence and implication of the action. Human trafficking is the exploitation of vulnerability. Benjamin Nolot, writer, and producer of the documentary takes it so much further and really explains it best.
I think what really hit home for me was the comparison between drug dealers and pimps. Drug dealers sell a product that will need to be reproduced to be sold again. Pimps sell the sex-slave, 20-30 times per day for an average of 7-10 years.
The Purpose of this Post
I am sure I could go on and on about the stats, but that isn’t really the purpose of the post. The purpose of this particular post is to say the following:
We cannot keep ourselves busy with the minor problems we face in life any longer. It is time to let go of insecurities and it’s time to resolve recurring issues (I’m guilty). We need to stand up and be who we were created to be in Christ. It is time to rise to our full potential and set out on the mission for which we were created.
Do I know what that is? No, not really, sometimes I think I know bits and pieces but logistics – not at all! Am I scared? Petrified! But that isn’t going to stop me! It is time to rise and shine!
The time has come to stand up against modern day slavery.