Modern Day Slavery

14 Jun

Blog post by Cathleen Brown, Team Iraq 2012

“And, sir, when we think of eternity, and of the future consequences of all human conduct, what is there in this life that should make any man contradict the dictates of his conscience, the principles of justice, the laws of religion, and of God?” 

William Wilberforce stated these words while fighting for freedom for slaves in 1781, in England in front of the British Parliament.   He believed it was the job of ordinary men, not just political leaders to stop the injustice of slavery.  In 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing anyone held as a slave.  The end drew near for the African slave trade due to persuasive words, incessant ambition, and continual conviction from God by these God fearing men.  Little did they know, the slave trade would still continue more than 200 years after Wilberforce and 150 years after Lincoln.  It would occur again, and not openly accepted, but just as heinous as before;  hidden, with less acceptance in culture, yet driven by money hungry pedophiles and ordinary men.  These men are not dissimilar to the men of the past.  It is human sex trafficking, the second-largest organized crime in the world.

It is estimated that 1.2 million children are trafficked each year in internationally and between 50 and 60 percent of the children are under the age of 16 (UNICEF).  Human trafficking of orphans internationally and domestically is driven by pornography and greed.  Winfrey defines child sex trafficking:

Sex Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person forced to perform such an act is under the age of 18 years.

Orphans are vulnerable to trafficking as they are emotionally, mentally and physically not able to defend themselves, they have no one to stand up for them them and due to poverty, are often sold by family members so others may have food and shelter.  In order to prevent the trafficking of orphans, there must be a place for the children to go that is an alternative to the deplorable option of trafficking life where they are loved and cared for.  The communities need education, prevention, strict justice for the traffickers, and rehabilitation for the children taken out of the sex trade.

In Maldova alone, it is thought that there are 250,000 orphans, and the government will turn the 16 year old girls to strangers if there is no one to take them.  The state run orphanages do not help the teens after age 16.  The managers of the orphanages often inform the pedophiles of the news of any girl led out of the orphanage sent to the street so they can benefit financially. In addition, the state run orphanages close for the summer and according to Orphan Care the “orphans are sent home to relatives but if none are available they are rented out to people for 11 cents a day by the state.”

Abraham Lincoln said, “There was a question of God’s eternal justice wrapped up in the enslaving of any race of men, or any man, and those who did so braved the arm of Jehovah—that when a nation thus dared the Almighty every friend of that nation had cause to dread His wrath.”  As the orphaned numbers have grown exponentially in Maldova, Phillip Cameron Ministries have opened the first Christian orphanage and has begun to build places of refuge for the teenagers, who without them; would be sold into the sex industry and also into labor trafficking.  The God fearing men and women have refused to turn a blind eye to the hurt of the teens and children and not letting another day go by without allowing these children to go without love or hope in Christ. They are examples of Christ to fight for justice and open their arms to help children in love.

As if saying to all of us today and in the past, William Wilberforce, in the rest of his speech said,

            “… the nature and all the circumstances of this trade are now laid open to us; we can no longer plead ignorance, we can not evade it; it is now an object placed before us, we can not pass it; we may spurn it, we may kick it out of our way, but we can not    turn aside so as to avoid seeing it; for it is brought now so directly before our eyes that this House must decide, and must justify to all the world, and to their own consciences, the rectitude of the grounds and principles of their decision.”

What can we do today, right where we are, to stop child sex trafficking?  No longer can we say we did not know it was happening around us, in the United States, or elsewhere.

Cathleen resides in Texas and is currently serving with Journey117 in Iraq.

  4.  (delivered in the House of Commons on 12 May 1789)

2 Responses to “Modern Day Slavery”

  1. Jed June 16, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    Thanks for covering such and important story to the freedom of all people


  1. | Orphan Justice Center - June 15, 2012

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