I was shocked earlier this year to learn that I20, which crawls through the south side of the DFW Metroplex, is the country’s main vein for Human Trafficking. This form of slavery isn’t new by any means, but it is relatively young in America, at least on this scale.
Every night, there are at least 400 teens, slaves, along the streets of Dallas alone. Even more when there is a major sporting event like a Ranger baseball game or a Cowboy game.
These women are brainwashed into believing the lie that this is the best they can do. That they’re not worthy for anything more. They have no notion of real love or the way God adores them. Breaks my heart.
My daughters and I were able to work with a mission this last year that helps these women when they get off the street. New Friends New Life teach basic academic skills, train for jobs and interviewing, build into them hope with the knowledge of Christ, and assist them to remain out of the bondage in which they’d been trapped.
Today, one of my author friends from Write Integrity Press is releasing a fictional book which delves into this desperate problem. How fitting that it debuts on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. You can learn more about the hopes for today HERE. This is a perfect example of faith-driven fiction!
The United Nations sees this as such an epidemic, they are addressing it nation by nation. You can read more about the efforts of their “Blue Heart Campaign” on their Blue Heart Campaign website.
And definitely get Elizabeth Noyes’s book, Imperfect Bonds, that delves into the tragedy of this plague, but offers hope and redemption.
May your day be filled with an awareness of your blessings and deep compassion for those in bondage.