Not in My City-Sex Slave Trafficking

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view from the Vashon Island Ferrry, Seattle WA, July 2020

This small corner of the interwebs began over eight years ago with a different name, Three Way Light. I chose it because light has three properties: it warms up cold places, reveals what is hidden and shines and reflects on what is seen. 

Processing the world through words gives me a chance to do that–pour a little light on the virtual page, so to speak. So today I want to shine light on the scourge of our lifetime–the prevalence of sex slave trafficking and its presence in cities like mine all over the country.

I attended an event two years ago featuring the film ‘Rape for Profit’, a gritty recording by two young Christian men committed to exposing the sex trade in Seattle.  But it could be in any city–Phoenix, Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Memphis, Las Vegas.

In the year of our Lord 2020, sex slave trafficking has grown to include the business of selling children’s bodies. Although it makes me sick to my stomach to say so, we are called to be light bringers in the world, so what can I do about a huge, horrific industry?

Pick up my (virtual) pen. And pray.

Here are some frightful statistics from a faith-based outreach–REST Real Escape from Sex Trafficking— here in Seattle. REST ministers to girls on the street, providing them with support and protection, job skills and a safe place to live.

First Aid Arts is an organization I’ve written about before also.  They are a faith based outreach also in my city which uses Healing Arts Toolkits to bring healing to women coming out of the human slave trafficking industry.
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith started an organization, Don’t Sell Bodies, and partnered with the Rape for Profit filmmakers as an Executive Producer for their film.
What Can YOU Do?
:READ PRAY GIVE SAY:
As believers we are called to be the voice for the oppressed 
in our day, moving in our spheres of influence. Begin where you are–
speak up, shine the light, dispel the darkness.
 
“For the Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 4:18
 
Will you ask our Jesus how you can do that today?

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6 thoughts on “Not in My City-Sex Slave Trafficking

  1. Thank you for the challenge, Jody. Those statistics are horrific.

    Lord, I am yours to be used for your purpose. Show me how to shine my light into such darkness.

  2. oh friend… i love that you are shedding light on this tragic issue… keep using your holy place here for our Lord. he will reward you. all my heart, e.

  3. I'm so glad to meet you, miss Jody. I'm also familiar with Arts AfterCare…

    Please keep speaking truth about this horror. As much as people would rather turn away, we need to keep shining the light into darkness. May the Lord bless you as you honor Him.

    In Christ,
    SimplyDarlene

  4. Good for you. On of my former students is very interested in ministering in this area. It is a real need and you are doing it where God has placed you…your own back yard.

  5. Oh, Jody, this is perfect and beautiful and sad and heart breaking all at once. We are indeed called to be light in the darkness. Thank you for this! (And just last night at jail, I prayed aloud that verse from Luke 4, maybe when you were writing this? Our God, knitting us together again!)

  6. Dear Jody Lee
    We also have a great problem in South Africa with sexual abuse, rape and sex trafficking. Thanks for speaking out against these evils.
    Much love XX
    Mia

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