By Dwayne Weehunt
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” – Benjamin Franklin
This past Fall, a film called “12 Years A Slave” was released. This R-rated, true story graphically tells the brutal realities of slavery. A man named Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, was tricked and trafficked. He was promised a job, taken to an unfamiliar place, and drugged. He wakes up in chains, not knowing where he is or where his freedom has gone.
That is the story of girls being trafficked all across the world today.
Solomon ends up at a plantation where he meets a girl named Patsy, who endures unbearable abuse day and night. She approaches Solomon and asks him to drown her in the swamp. Solomon refuses to do something so un-Godly, but Patsy replies, “God is merciful, and He forgives merciful acts.”
We hear time and time again how girls still trapped in the red light district have attempted suicide. Like Patsy, these girls have totally given up hope that the abuse will ever end, and they just want the pain to stop.
One thing that we have proven here in the United States is that slavery will not stop until someone intervenes. It will not wind down and end, but continue to suck more and more lives into it… lives of little girls.
To end slavery, action is required.
In the Civil War, America lost over 620,000 men… More than any other war we have been involved in. 620,000 Americans died in the struggle to determine if slavery was going to end in America. The direct cost reached 6.7 billion dollars. That would translate to 24.8 trillion today. Intervention is costly, but unless someone intervenes nothing will change.
At the end of the movie 12 Years a Slave, Solomon, after having been rescued, walks back into his home where his family awaits him. He has become a shaky man who can’t look his family in the eye. They come surround him with love and healing begins in his life. Over and over we have seen girls who are broken and shattered come out of slavery and into a community – a place where love can reach them. When they begin telling their story, they break down crying and the other girls come around them and hug and love them. This is how they heal.
The Bible says that the enemy came to kill, steal and to destroy lives. We have witnessed and seen that no matter what the enemy might do to destroy a life, the Love of God through his people can bring about restoration and boldness.
Slavery is a horrible evil, and make no mistake: what is happening in these young girls lives is slavery. Please help us stop this slavery.
Photo by: Janice Meyer
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