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04 March 2009

traffic

Imagine for a moment...
A university student is looking forward to her summer job placement she's been promised overseas. She and her friend travel together. They are relieved to be received at the airport by men holding signs, speaking their native tongue. They are informed that plans have changed, and instead of going to Virginia as planned, they will now be heading to Detroit, to work there and to perfect their English skills. Too tired and weary from their long flight to question the change, the girls board a bus to their new destination. When they arrive at the hotel, everything changes.

The door is closed behind them and they are told to sit down. Their passports and papers are confiscated. They are told, "you owe us big money for bringing you here". They are then handed strip clothes and informed that they will be working at a strip club called "Cheetahs" to pay back their debts.

They work 12 hour shifts and are subjected to mental, physical and sexual abuse for one year before they are finally rescued.

Now imagine that's a true story, because it is.

human trafficking:
the recruitment, transportation, harboring
or receipt of people for the purposes of labor and prostitution.

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But this is a people robbed and plundered;
they are all of them snared in holes
and hidden in houses of bondage.
They have become a prey, with no one to deliver them,
a spoil, with no one to say, Restore them!
Isaiah 42:22


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Most of the time I feel ill equipped to do anything about this issue. It is so large, and I have no formal education, you know with degrees and capital letters behind my name which qualify me to do something big... and substantial. When looking at this issue, I quickly become outraged and then frustrated, because I feel powerless to help.

Finally, I've discovered a way to help! And I do mean finally, because I feel like I've wanted to do something for so long now... even more since I first heard the words of Sara Grove's song, When the Saints...

I see the young girl huddled on the brothel floor
I see the man with a passion come and kicking down that door

There's a campaign called The A21 Campaign. In their own words, their purpose is abolishing injustice in the 21st century. Particularly in the area of human trafficking. And I think that's pretty awesome.

I cannot think of a more worthy cause.

And y'all, you know what I love... that people are catching the vision - and offering me an outlet to DO something. Tigers Against Trafficking is a group that got started - that caught the vision - and they're hosting a 5K race at the end of this month. Every single dollar they bring in will go The A21 Campaign. Every single dollar. {Follow the link for more information}

But even if you think that's not for you, don't stop reading!

Not everyone can run that race, and not everyone can donate, but everybody can do something. Something that matters. Something substantial. And it's not just for people in this area. If you live on the globe, you can help. For a full list, click here. And to see if there are other ways to get involved in your area, click here.

I want to get my hands dirty in this. I want to have a part in seeing these people delivered and restored!

And now, FINALLY, I can!

We are called, y'all. Called to care. And true compassion demands action. So that's what I'm doing.

And I am fired up!

I may run that whole 3 miles.


King of Glory, have Your glory!

6 people love me:

Eva said...

thank you. i think today you can run 6, and in your life, an infinitive number of miles.

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

I just love you and your passion. What a worthy cause to get fired up over...and one that most people, I know I don't, just don't realize or think about enough.

I can't imagine what this would be like. Thank you for bringing it to the forefront of our minds, girl.

God made you to run for this one, Jodie.

Rachel said...

Jodie, thank you for bringing some light to this. I'm going to check out these links right now.

Gramps said...

Glad you paid attention to that "whisper." You're right, too, that we are called to care. Sometimes life gets in the way and we forget that.

Stephenie said...

I'm just beside myself. What is this world coming to. I'm gonna check out the links you posted...Chel summed it up best. What a worthy cause to get fired up about.
Stephenie

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Wow...that opening story gave me chills. I know it's a wide-spread problem, but like you said, I've always felt ill-equipped to do anything.

I am so proud of you...I KNOW you can run the entire distance.

So...are you personally raising money for your own run, or is it only through their website?