When I started writing online in January 2012 I christened my website Three Way Light. I chose it because light has three properties: it warms 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.
- International Justice Mission Worldwide
- REST Ministry–Seattle, WA
- Rape for Profit film–pray for producers–Eric Esau and Jason Pamer
- Don’t Sell Bodies–Jada Pinkett Smith
6 thoughts on “Not in My City-Sex Slave Trafficking”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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