Child Trafficking – a bigger issue than you think.

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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 &stop.child.trafficking 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.

Would you like to join me? If so, click here to help me reach $150, or here to register to Walk.

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4 thoughts on “Child Trafficking – a bigger issue than you think.

  1. Kim September 16, 2009 / 4:16 pm

    This breaks my heart. I actually read about this last year in a Christian woman’s magazine. It was their focus for the year… it really opened my eyes. I had heard it was a major problem in other countries but was amazed that it is right here the U.S. also. It’s not something we’ve heard too much about and I’m so glad people are starting to take it more seriously and doing something about it. Sometimes when it comes to things like this that seem so overwhelming, I think “but what can I really do that will make a difference?”… but the answer is simple: PRAY. And support through their efforts through my giving. And that’s what I’m going to do.

  2. chelan September 17, 2009 / 7:37 am

    You’re right-on, Kim. You are just one, but you are powerful.

    The $30 you donated is how much a predator pays for 15 minutes with a child. $30 is also how much it takes to put a highly trained special operative team member in the field for 15 minutes to gather evidence to put predators in prison for life. Hopefully they’ll have a dang good prison ministry.

    “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” – Helen Keller

  3. Natalie September 17, 2009 / 8:17 am

    Thank you Chelan for being an abolitionist and for joining in this fight! “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” M.Meade

  4. Ruth Byington September 17, 2009 / 8:34 am

    Miss Chelan,
    Thank you for everything you are doing to bring awareness to the harsh reality of the situation and to encourage others to join the cause! Together, we WILL make an impact!
    So glad to have you on our team! God Bless!!

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