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Written by cycleguy on October 10th, 2012

Gary Haugen…a name you need to get to know if you don’t already.  A book he wrote

Statistics that should bother you.  Look here.

Words that ought to haunt and convict.  Look here.  (Check out the last sentence).

Enough of the cloak and dagger stuff.  If you took the time to check the links you were able to see the disturbing news about Child Trafficking.

THAT. IS. JUST. THE. HEM. OF. THE. GARMENT!!

Those stats don’t even count…are you ready for this?…those who are not children, but are victims of Human Trafficking!  One can only imagine the skyrocketing stats that will come to light.   I know there are efforts being made to free many of the victims, be they children or adults, from these “pimps” who prey on innocent people.  Many are kidnapped. Many are promised a new life and home in America.  Many are simply sold.  It is actually sort of sickening to read about it.  I don’t understand how one human can treat another like trash that gets thrown away, but then again, I shouldn’t be surprised.  We are acting according to our sinful nature.

But there are efforts being made to do something.  Gary Haugen. Bob Goff.  And now a friend of mine has entered the fray.  I met Jason several years ago through blogging.  I have watched his life go through “hell and back” and yet he refused to give up.  I am guessing he probably has felt like it a time or two, but he is captured by Jesus.  This new venture of his has been “under construction” for probably close to 2-3 months now.  This past week he unveiled his first step.   I asked Jason to email me his purpose and some of the most recent statistics.   Below is what he sent:

The goal for the site…well, it’s ambitious.

I eventually want it to be a fully functioning ministry working as a full-time news network about human trafficking efforts worldwide.  I want to be a source for breaking news, interviews with people involved in the fight and to be “THE” go-to site for information in the battle against human trafficking. 

It’s going to start with a lot of news from other sites where I give headlines and recaps and link to the full story only because right now there’s no way for me to work full time on it.  But if God’s vision is what I think He gave me, that will take care of itself.

As for statistics…this is from the UN in April of this year….

NUMBER OF VICTIMS AT ANY GIVEN TIME ….2.4 MILLION

PERCENTAGE OF VICTIMS EXPLOITED FOR SEXUAL SLAVERY ….80 PERCENT

NUMBER OF VICTIMS EXPLOITED AS FORCED LABOR (SLAVES) ….17 PERCENT

RATIO OF FEMALE TO MALE SLAVES (Including Children) …. TWO OF THREE

ANNUAL VALUE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN DOLLARS ….$32 BILLION

AVERAGE COST OF ONE HUMAN SLAVE ….$90 USD

ODDS OF RESCUE ….ONE CHANCE IN ONE HUNDRED

That’s why we need to get involved with this.  One chance in one hundred to get rescued?  It makes me sick.

I’d like to ask you to do me a favor.

  1. Check out Jason’s site.  It is still under construction, but there is enough to whet your appetite. 
  2. If you can help financially, contact him.  He can give you any particulars you may need. 
  3. Get involved somehow, even if nothing else than to pray. 

I’m honored to call Jason a friend, albeit an internet one.  His blog by the way is here.  Any thoughts? 

 

 

 

20 Comments so far ↓

  1. Daniel says:

    You crazy the different realities that different people face. Even my worst days are better than the best days that a lot of people get. You should think that this would cause me to grumble and complain less. Yet it doesn’t. I am just so petty and weak that it is frustrating. Why is my Christianity more academic than practical?

    This theme of human sex trade is being focused on in my church this month as we try to make some sort of difference. I will be praying and working with folks in my church on this.

    • cycleguy says:

      You said it right Daniel when you said “even your worst days are better than the best days of some.” Glad to hear Next Level is getting involved. Also glad to hear you are praying and working.

  2. Jason says:

    Wow, Bill…thank you. I totally wasn’t expecting this, dude. I’m honored to call you a friend.

  3. lindaM says:

    Hi Bill,
    We shouldn’t be too surprised by these statistics. We are in the ‘end of days’ times. When the cities of Sodom and Gomorah filled up with wickedness there wasn’t even 10 people to be found who were righteous within their walls. God completely destroyed the people, the buildings and animals. Including the children in these cities.

    The great increase in these numbers and statistics just show us that the time is short and destruction is coming.
    The wickedness of the nations will fill up. What is interesting and brings hope to the believer is that God provided for righteous Lot and those in his household to be saved.

  4. Bill, I will pray. I cannot comprehend human trafficking.

  5. jeff says:

    I commend Jason for joining the ranks of those actively trying to bring Justice to the victims of this horrible practice.
    Let’s not forget that this was not only legal but part of the economic development strategy for a significant portion of our country not so very long ago.
    It was sick then and it is sick now.
    I have always been amazed that Jesus and Paul seemed to have no problem with the practice. The Biblical concern seemed only to be with how slaves and slave owners treated each other.
    I don’t buy into the original sin or “end of times” theory but do think justice needs to be vigorously pursued in all parts of the world.
    Go get em Jason.

    • cycleguy says:

      You are right about its economical significance Jeff. Sad part of our history. Like you I believe justice needs to be vigorously pursued. Thanks for your support of Jason.

  6. floyd says:

    This brings out my human side as well, Bill. My heart aches for the weak and craves justice… I’m praying for now.

  7. Desert Jim says:

    What’s amazing to me is that most of us think that slavery ended in the 1800’s. This evil is alive and well today.

    It is good that Jason is bringing this to light.

  8. Wow. That’s just insane. Why don’t we hear more about this? It kinda makes me sick to my stomach.

  9. Betty Draper says:

    The church we attend has got behind a ministry that focus on this very thing.

    Thanks brother for highlighting Jason web site…am heading there as soon as I hit “submit comment”.

  10. Jan says:

    This just sickens me. I can’t understand how people can do this. I will be praying about this & for your friend Jason’s work.