I look at our son. I look at our daughter. I love them. I send them texts: “I love you” “I’m cheering madly for you.” I do everything I know how to let them know that they have value. I want them to understand that it’s not because of what they can do, but because of their very existence. They are created ‘in the image of God.’
And then I read that other people believe that children are valuable. In fact, they are now more valuable than guns. They still are in second place to drugs. However, they may catch up. So the 1.2 million children sold for sex around the world each year do have financial value, even if they only cost $300 when they are purchased.
We sort of chuckle when we hear jokes about “the world’s oldest profession.” Until we think about the average age of those “professionals”: 11. So sixth-graders can be learning about economics in school, or they can be economics.
My friend Janet is in Africa teaching people in villages about their own value, about the lies that people will tell parents about the “school” in the other country, about the “jobs” that will be available, about how safe their sons and daughters will be. Janet never planned to work in refuge camps and villages this way, but God has her doing it because, God cares about oppression.
My friend Diana is writing and teaching and traveling and tweeting. She is doing everything she can to help people understand how to stay out of trafficking.
And I’m not sure about writing about sex trafficking at all. I mean, it’s not the kind of thing I write about. But if I am about helping people find out that God made them with value, that God loves them, if I am about helping people emotionally understand the truth of God’s work, then part of it is helping us emotionally understand the need. And there is a need, especially if you are one of the 100,000 kids being trafficked in America right now.
“I’m glad it’s not my daughter,” we think.
And that’s a comfort, how?
Today is National Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Awareness Day. Diana has a list of things to do. Go there.