Fourteen-year-old Aria had a fight with her mother. Frustrated and angry, she packed a backpack and walked to the nearest train station under the cover of darkness. While there, she encountered a couple of men who tricked her and took her to the red-light district–predator over prey. Once her phone and ID were taken and fear and abuse paralyzed her, she was fully captured and sold to a pimp in another city. It would be years before she was found and rescued and would be able to walk home again.
These types of stories litter the internet. One after another after another child is taken, lost, sold, and plunged into the darkness of the trafficked underworld–the largest growing crime organization in the world.
And yet, so many people hold up a hand and close their eyes, “I don’t want to see that. Please don’t tell me. It’s too disturbing.” What breaks our hearts is the literal hell they are living. Will you do something?
Or maybe you say things like, “If I had lived during the Civil War, I would have been a Harriet Tubman.” Really? Would you? Would I?
The Candace Owens Show: Tim Ballard – YouTube
If you haven’t watched this interview yet, please do. It’s probably the most important thing you will watch all year.
WHAT IS CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING?
Globally in 2016, there were an estimated one million children in forced sexual exploitation.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children defines child sex trafficking as:
“…a form of child abuse that occurs when a child under 18 is advertised, solicited, or exploited through a commercial sex act. A commercial sex act is any sex act where something of value – such as money, drugs or a place to stay – is given to or received by any person for sexual activity.”
In light of July 30th being the World Day Against Trafficking, and July 4th being the day we celebrate our freedoms, what better month to raise a banner for children, declaring that no child should be sold? A child’s innocence and joy should be protected, not stolen. So, I have opened up a Facebook page, Fight for Freedom, to help spread awareness and raise funds for Tim Ballard’s Operation Underground Railroad. You can read more about his organization below, but please check out my Facebook group and share content.
You can purchase a watercolor or soft pastel painting for $20, and 75% of proceeds will go directly to O.U.R. Each painting represents an aspect of childhood delight (playing at the beach, snuggling with a pet, delighting in blueberry picking, tire swings, or pumpkin patches. You can frame your painting and hang it in the hall, bathroom, kitchen, or child’s bedroom as a reminder to pray for these kids and pray for those plunging into the darkness with courage to rescue them. I will try to add new paintings every week or so until the end of July. Please don’t stay still. Please help fight for freedom for these children.
O.U.R. not only rescues children from sex traffickers, but also supports them in the healing process. Partnerships with in-country aftercare centers and safe houses ensure each child survivor receives the quality holistic care they need.
If you’d like to join the fight to eradicate child sex trafficking, visit our website to find out ways that you can help. Together we can make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable children around the world.