Human trafficking…where does it begin, and how will it end? Why should I be concerned?
First of all, human life is in jeopardy. If slavery of any kind is alright, then anyone and everyone could be at risk. If owning a slave is acceptable as long as their skin is a certain color, then anyone who’s that color would be marketable. Gender, age, social status, nationality, or color of hair; all of these could be used to determine the ones who could be owned, or who can do the owning.
Who on earth has the authority to determine who is better than another? Who can say who is subhuman and who isn’t?
The answer should be obvious to all, but apparently it’s not. Throughout history men and women have attempted to elevate themselves to the position reserved only for God Almighty. Some Christians have mistakenly believed it was God’s will for them to own another human. And, of course, people who are anti-Christian love to point out the hypocrisy within the church.
But God has determined the value of each of us, regardless of anything peculiar about us. We are of immeasurable worth! The price isn’t even negotiable. Created on purpose, for a purpose. In fact, the value is so great, you won’t find a price tag!
However, there are many who disagree. Their ideas, their needs, are the only ones that matter.
So where does human trafficking begin? If we could discover it’s starting point, maybe something could be done about it.
In my opinion, the buying and selling of children, women, boys, etc. has its roots deep in the human heart. Jeremiah the prophet said, “The heart is deceitfully wicked; who can know it?”
The love of money and the desire to control another has its roots in the unregenerate heart. Jesus said, “The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil” (Matthew 12:35 ESV). Greed and lust come from an evil person’s heart.
Here is a truth that makes society very intolerant and fighting mad:
unless a person is born again, their heart is evil; rebellious toward and contrary to the divine nature of God.
So it’s no wonder that human trafficking is on the rise. Wickedness, the spirit of lawlessness, and selfishness is ever increasing because society, as a whole, believes in tolerating everything except righteousness.
Slavery can and does happen within a marriage, between a husband and wife, or within a family, between the parents and their children. Whenever one person believes another person exists solely for their pleasure or profit, slavery is present. Domestic violence and abuse are examples of a slavery mindset.
Pity the husband, wife, or children who actually believe that garbage; who believe they are someone’s slave.
Sometimes I wonder if our politicians ascribe to the idea that the American citizenry exist solely for the government’s benefit. But, that’s another subject.
Society rants and screams against the horrific injustice taking place. Sex slaves, child pornography, child labor camps, forced prostitution, and the like. What wickedness! Something MUST be done.
But society has paved the road, and even built the freeway system for these things! The devaluation of human life takes place every time a baby is murdered. Society tends to use different words, such as, “medically remove a fetus”. But murder is murder, whether the majority agrees or not.
For awhile in this country, the majority agreed slavery was okay.
What if, instead of calling it human trafficking, someone referred to it as a “choice”?
A man would have the right to rape his wife, molest his kids, because they are his family. As the argument goes, he is “pro-choice” so that should make it alright. And a woman should also have the right to take the little boys and girls in her daycare facility, and force them to perform acts of perversion because, as she sees it, it’s her right. It’s her home. And she’s “pro-choice.”
Society feeds that mentality, that spirit, with its obsession with self-pleasure. Anything and everything is okay, “as long as it doesn’t harm someone else.”
But who determines what is harmful? Society? The majority? Politicians? Judges? Ha!
God has tried to weigh in on the subject, but He’s been voted out of any leadership role. His commandments aren’t allowed anywhere someone may be offended.
I wonder if the woman who’s just been raped by a “paying customer” was offended? The one who’s been pimped by her “lover”? I really find it hard to believe she was “pro-choice” any more than an unborn baby is “pro-choice”.
The only way to stop human trafficking, or slavery of any kind, is to begin promoting the value of everyone from the unborn to the elderly. Male, female, black, red, or purple. Stop exploiting the young, pretty, handsome, and smart. Stop using people. Period.
Advertising executives may need to find out more about the products they’re peddling, instead of how much “skin” it takes to get people to buy.
Let free speech be about sharing ideas and not about selling sex. Selling sex cheapens the act and degrades those involved. It ignites fires of lust to unquenchable, uncontrollable heights; to where the committing of a violent crime is the only way a person can get relief.
Human trafficking will not be stopped by enacting laws against it. It won’t be curtailed by making stiffer penalties.
After all, the law means nothing if society has rejected the Truth, the Life, and the Way.
What do you think about free speech? How would you stop human trafficking? Should it be stopped?
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