Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Human Trafficking - Are we partly to blame?

Would you believe the number of lives sold into slavery today is greater than at any other time in history? There are at any given time 2.4 million victims, 80 percent of which are exploited for sexual slavery. According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, criminals conduct $32 billion in business annually.  It is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world today, second only to drug trafficking and tied with illegal arms.
These statistics are indeed alarming, and human suffering abounds, but what can we do about it? Perhaps it's not what we can do, rather, what we must stop doing. 
Many assume that viewing pornography is harmless, that these websites will undeniably exist whether we invisibly visit them or not. Maybe it is time we look at how the industry works. Be very clear that every time we visit a site it counts as a view. Advertisers tally these views and yes, the porn industry thrives. Now, let's not fool ourselves with the notion that these girls (and guys) on the sites are there by choice and are being well-paid. If they are not there by force, they are there by demand…ours. Nor can you deny that the porn industry does not feed the prostitution industry and vice versa. Furthermore, not viewing pornography ourselves but turning a blind eye to our spouse or children's use holds us just as accountable.   
Doing the right thing is almost always choosing the less traveled and rocky path. Prepare for fierce resistance. Not allowing your teenager to have a phone with internet is not popular, nor is putting a filter on your spouse's computer. Make a stand and start the fight against human trafficking in your own home today, and be ever mindful that you have the God-given strength to do so!
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. - Phillipians 4:13 
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. - Romans 12:2
Abstain from all appearance of evil. - 1 Thessalonians 5:22
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  - Galations 5:16
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. - John 13:34
P.S. As a saved child of God, no sin will keep us out of heaven. They just show up on our resume when we are applying for our job there!

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