Help Me Fight Sex Trafficking!
“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” -William Wilberforce
Friends, I’d like to ask your help with something.
I’m just going to jump right in (’cause I know ya’ll don’t like to mess around).
Right now there are boys and girls being trafficked, lined-up, sold at parties to have “fun” with.
Right now, friends. On our watch.
But there is good news! We can do something about it! You and me, friend, we can help. We can tangibly help.
Ann talks about the Esther generation, and how we are in the palace. She says,
“You could have been the one outside of the gate. You could have been the one with the Lord’s Resistance Army slitting your child’s throat in the middle of the night, you could been the one born into a slum, raped without a hope, you could be the one born into AIDS, into starvation, into lives of wild Christ-less desperation. The reason you are inside the gate for such a time as this – is to risk your life for those outside the gate. If I perish, I perish.”
And might I add, you could have been the one to be sold and raped.
Y’all, this is our time to do something, to be doers not talkers. I need your help.
My husband and I have partnered with The Exodus Road and have “adopted” the Bravo Team, a team based in India that investigates and rescues victims of sex trafficking (to read the story of how we became involved, see “The Story” below). And here’s the cut-to-the-chase bottom line: I want to raise $5,000 a month for this team to keep them going. If 200 of you commit to $35/month, we can fund this team. We can fund investigations and work towards getting these kids freedom.
Will you help me?
Right now I have
36 58 people who have committed. That is worthy of a HOLLA! 🙂 But we still need 164 142 Esther’s. So, I’m looking at you.
Here is where your money goes:
Investigator Salaries, full-time, four men and one director: $2,500
Social worker salary: $300
Travel, Lodging while on mission (usually about one week at a time, 2-3 weeks per month. Team lives 6 hours from red-light districts): $800
Investigative Expenses: $1200 (rental car, camera batteries, drinks at places, “buying” girls, entrance fees, etc. for five investigators)
Food/ Misc. Expenses while on mission (5 men, two weeks): $200
If you’re up for it, CLICK HERE to join with me and support the Bravo Team monthly.
(Once you sign up, please put “BRAVO – SARAH MAE” in the comment box so we can keep track.)
“Friends, we’re on the field and our faces are painted Scottish blue. And William Wallace didn’t yell for his men to keep thinking about fighting for justice, didn’t call them to wait for the answers to come in a convenient time and place. Because vague doesn’t call soldiers from the ridge and onto the battlefield. Waiting doesn’t rescue children in brothels.
Justice is in the hands of the ordinary, and if rescue is going to come on our watch, we need an army of passionate, committed people to bring it.”
How I got involved in with the Exodus Road…
Laura told me about living in South East Asia as a missionary with her husband Matt and their small children. And then she told me how a partner in the field told Matt about a suspicious bar that displayed pictures of young girls taped to the back wall under the guise of an orphanage. Laura and Matt called organizations specifically working in counter-trafficking in the area, but they found no one willing or able to go in and check it out.
Finally, two of Matt’s friends said they’d go, if Matt went with them.
“None of them had ever visited a strip club before, none had undercover or military experience. Just three ordinary men – with kids and wives and their favorite football teams.”
They went into a brothel on their first undercover mission.
“…girls stood on stage with numbers pinned on the shoulder straps of their skimpy dresses.”
After processing that mission, Laura and her husband questioned that if the need arose, would they send him out again?
They had this question at the forefront of their minds because they found out that while there are policies set up for victim rescue, there was very little being done to actually find and rescue victims of sexual slavery.
“People like to talk about trafficking, but not a lot of people actually help.” They were told.
But they couldn’t shake the thought, “What if it were our children? Wouldn’t we want someone to figure it out? Wouldn’t we want people to go looking for them?”
They decided he would go out again, that very week.
People told them he shouldn’t go alone, so he would ask others to come, but no one would.
“And we got it, we did. There are a million reasons why upstanding moral men don’t belong in strip clubs. A million. There are marriages, triggers and dangers. There are reputations to protect and pitfalls to avoid. There are entire organizations whose work might crumble if they sanctioned undercover work in brothels.
We couldn’t get passed the idea that maybe there was a noble reason for a good man to frequent a brothel, after all.”
So he went.
“And then the girls entered. A line of ten. They wore short skirts and high heels. Their long, straight hair, dark and beautiful. Each had applied white face powder and fake lashes. China dolls.
‘Would one would you like? You can have two,’ the Mamasan said.
It felt like a slave block…
The auction block with half-naked Africans had morphed into a line-up of barely dressed prostitutes. This was still happening. And it wasn’t 12 million this time, it was 27 million. And this was my generation, my watch…
Young boys delivered to pedophiles. The virginities of teenagers sold for a premium. These were the realities that became threads in the fabric of our lives, woven into our everyday. And the more the stories came to light, the more resolved we became to invade the dark.
Rescue needed to be more than a trendy, dramatic word. It needed to become a reality.”
After learning about Laura and Matt’s story, and their organization, my husband and I decided to join with them to help fight sex trafficking. Because it matters, and there is real freedom to be had.
You can learn more about what we do by heading here.
All quotes are from the book The Exodus Road by Laura Parker
Search and Rescue FAQ here.
Read about Exodus Road in the news.
Related: The Auction Block on Our Watch