Sex trafficking. You’ve heard the term thrown around occasionally, or heard of specific instances such as the recent rescue of three girls in Cleveland. Maybe you’ve heard about it through Louie Giglio and the END IT movement. Or, like most of us, you may have been educated on it primarily from Liam Neesen, his “very particular set of skills,” and the movie Taken.
But what does it actually mean? What does it actually look like? And what can we do to be a part of the solution?
What is Sex Trafficking?
Sex trafficking is the organized coercion of unwilling people into different sexual practices, including strip clubs, pornography, massage parlors, street prostitution, and escort services.
It can take many forms. Much of it does involve people being kidnapped (or sold by family members) and then often shipped to another country, which is not fundamentally different than the slave trade of 200 years ago.
But it can also include women or men involved in prostitution or pornography who we think chose that lifestyle. One has to consider why anyone would actually choose such a thing, and realize that it is most likely a result of either coercion or a lack of choice.
Sex Trafficking Statistics
Sex slavery is a terrible crime on the individual level. A single case, when brought to the public’s attention, inspires shock and outrage. But we are not dealing with isolated incidents.
The scope of the problem, and the evil that it represents, can be difficult to comprehend. We don’t want to even think about it. But we must do something about it.
No matter how complicated or unsolvable the problem may seem, we have a Savior that can overcome all of it. As His church we have the opportunity, calling, and mission to bring His light into the dark world. So how do we do it?
Even if you don’t have Liam Neeson’s particular set of skills, you can make a real difference. God has already prepared you with the skills you need. Below are some specific, concrete things you can do about it.
You don’t have to do it alone. If everyone at The Porch and everyone reading this right now committed to taking part, we would have an army literally thousands strong. And instead of Liam Neeson’s fictional Taken character, we have the real-world Aslan backing us up.
If you have questions, please contact us ThePorch@watermark.org.