This week’s liberation of three young women held captive against their will for a decade in Ohio left me immensely jubilant. It came on the heels of a huge raid in Mumbai, India, last week during which 89 girls, including 32 minors, were freed from a dance bar/brothel where they had been held in sexual slavery. You can view a news report on the bust here. They were literally conveyed from darkness to light.
The Exodus Road coalition, which I’m privileged to blog for each month, fueled the raid through the local underground investigative team Indian Rescue Mission. Initially, they thought there were 40 trafficking victims; imagine their utter shock to find more than twice that number of girls in this one brothel!
Blogging with the Exodus Road for the last few months has provided a chilling perspective on the human trafficking that keeps some 27 million persons in bondage worldwide. The likelihood of 95 percent of those in slavery being freed is next to nil. Their transition from darkness to light, from chains to freedom, is an elusive dream.
But the setting free of the three women in Ohio and almost 100 in Mumbai has stirred hope, and, more important, a desire to take action to help free others who remain enslaved.
Recently, another Exodus Road blogger, Kelley J. Leigh, expressed the frustration of feeling trapped in surburbia, yet wanting to aid the abolition cause.
A sharp seed of justice embeds where you’ve interacted with deep injustice and don’t know what to do. That moment of holy unrest is a seed culture of justice, the abrasive grain in the oyster where sand begins to turn to pearl . . . where thought germinates into action. There, we stand at the mouth of the Bat Cave and ask, “What now? What next?”
Guys, inactivity isn’t a choice. Apathy and complacency just don’t cut it. Life and death are at stake for millions. Let’s transform compassion into commitment.
You might be led to fund the cost of a raid or equipment for an undercover investigator. Or you might be the one to donate time and skills (including blogging!) to an abolition organization. We can all be abolitionists, setting captives free.
Colossians 1:13 resonates in me regarding the liberation that so many in slavery worldwide desperately crave:
“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.”
The Spirit-Filled Life Bible’s commentary on that verse is that “it includes rescue from such negatives as danger, death, sickness, and hostile situations in general.” How God’s heart longs for His enslaved children to be set free, and how great a privilege it is for us to be partakers in that rescue!
This video by Made in A Free World powerfully depicts the process through which many young girls are unwittingly lured into the sex trade.
Some 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves in America. Today, there are more slaves than at any other time in human history. We can be the Lincoln of our generation and help convey women and girls from darkness into light. Go!