|Posted by Tina kadolph on November 17, 2012 at 12:40 AM|
Human Trafficking is one of the world’s greatest evils. It is the second largest organized crime in the world, next only to drugs. If caught trafficking humans, the sentence is less than if you are caught trafficking drugs. But, human trafficking is more profitable to criminals than any other crime. A person or child can be used over and over again. There are more slaves today than at any other time in history! Shocking right? Most of us don’t know much about this evil. We actually would probably rather pretend it doesn’t exist because it is too ugly to comprehend. But if we all pretend it is not happening then children and woman will continue to be oppressed and abused and sold to the scum of the earth.
We didn’t know much about human slavery until almost a year ago. But now that we have become aware, we can’t stop being a voice for those who have no voice. In July of this year we went on a trip to South America and were faced with young people we had worked with in youth ministry and children’s ministry that had been trafficked. When it is right in your face you can’t pretend it doesn’t exist. That’s what happened to us and now we can’t ignore it and we must help to stop this horrific evil. “To do nothing in the face of evil is to become part of that evil." (Author unknown) We want no part of this evil other than to stop it.
This kind of slavery and abuse goes on all over the world, including in the United States. Children are sold from two years old on up. The average age in foreign countries is four years old. In the United States, the national average is eleven years old, and in Florida it is nine years old. 10,000 to 30,000 American children are taken in and out of the United States and sold into slavery. We have to do something. They are taking our children and using them for sex, drugging them, and then disposing of them as if they were garbage. Life expectancy for these children is only two years, as they die of disease, abuse, or drug over dose at the hands of their traffickers.
Has that sunk in? These children, our children here and around the world, are taken for sex and hard labor. This could be your child or your grandchild. If it was, wouldn’t you do everything you could to rescue them? This is sickening and heart breaking, and It must be stopped! Why aren’t we doing more? Maybe we just don’t understand. I hope after you read, and become more aware of this horror, you will do anything and everything to help stop this evil. Human beings, children and women, are being entangled in this daily horror. They are praying that someone, anyone, will come rescue them. They need help! Will you help?
We have a way you can help. Even if we rescue just one person it will be worth it! But I believe God has a bigger plan than that.
So, we started praying about how we could help! Before we could even begin we were donated two rescue houses in another country. This is totally amazing in a third world country! So we are now in the process of raising $3000 for repairs that need to be done, so we can begin taking in children and women. Then we will have on going expenses of security, food, counseling, training, etc. Our first phase is in South America. The house will be called the “Rapha House” ('Rapha' means 'healing' in Hebrew, so it is "the healing house"). The second house will be called the “Butterfly House,” for when those we help at Rapha House are transformed into what God created them to be; not slaves, but the beautiful children and women that they were meant to be – filled with hope and a future! We also hope, in the future, to have houses in the United States and more around the world, as God provides.
So how can you help? There are three ways! Please take note, this part is very important!
- Host parties in their houses, churches, and schools, and to let us speak and sell our jewelry.
- Donate to a project or donate an old cell phone.
- Join us on one of our life changing trips!
If we can’t keep this going, we won’t have the money we need to move forward. So thank you for caring enough to be one of the voices for the voiceless, stepping out, and making a life saving difference. This is probably one of the most important causes you will hear about.
So shop, book a party, and help stop this evil. Spread the word to whoever will listen! Even if they won’t listen, still speak! It’s too important to keep our mouths shut.
You can also like us on our Facebook page and keep up to date on what is happening with this project. Thanks again for your help and support.
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