In the last month or two, I’ve been moved and stirred up and curious about the issue of child trafficking. It started after Ricky & I watched Taken, then we saw a video about the reality of the crime in the US, while we attending a concert in downtown Austin. Then I read a blog post about it entitled “God of Justice…Or Is He?“, by Brad Ruggles.
FINALLY, I was invited to a Tea Party where the founder of Stop Child Trafficking Now, Lynette Lewis, along with an Austin PD specialist in this field & 2 other activists spoke out against this crime & with ways to help stop it.
I’ve learned so much…like how children are lured & taken & held against their will, for years. I learned how this industry is growing fast in the US and that 25-30% of all US cases are in Texas. All I’ve learned & more can be found at SCTNow.org.
Why should I care?
I care because I love children. Many people say that their innocence & childhood is being taken from them, but I believe they’re still innocent – they are not suddenly guilty. And they’re still experiencing childhood, only filled with fear, abuse and manipulation. They’ve been tricked & not cannot escape. I care because God cares. He has unbelievable, impacting potential for every single person, and if a person’s life – her dreams, self-esteem, purpose, body image, emotional & physical health, etc. – can be sabotaged at youth, that amazing potential is never reached!! The way these children now see themselves, the world and their Creator is perverted. That intended potential will never be reached. This grieves me deeply.
I want to do something, even if it seems small to others, to help children remain safe from anyone who aims to sexually abuse & exploit them for profit. I want to…and I will.