Last month I (Nicol) spoke on writing about social activism at the Faith & Culture Writers Conference in Portland, Or. It was noted that any topic/headline/story needs viewed twelve times before one stops and considers it. From that talk and that statistic my friend, Jody Collins, came up with the great idea for a group of bloggers to write a monthly post about sexual trafficking. The more who write, the more often this topic will get notice. For all of those affected by trafficking we pray that you-the reader-will STOP while reading this and pray about your part. The following post (slightly edited for LOV) is from Jody Collins’s site- Three Way Light (@ threewaylight.BlogSpot.com) They are all Someone’s Daughters
This is not a Mother’s Day post about happy things: bouquets of flowers, gifts of chocolate, homemade greeting cards.It is a post about a horrific practice going on in the heart of this fair land–the practice of sex slave trafficking of young girls and women. Girls who are all someone’s daughter.
Last month I attended a workshop given by Nicol Epple from The Ladies of Virtue Foundation
in Pennsylvania. She shared a burning desire to bring light into the dark places where Sex Slave Trafficking is taking place. I was overwhelmed with the information, astonished, really that the practices she spoke of were going on in our fair land. I felt helpless in the face of the statistics and information to do anything about it. Then I realized I CAN do
something. I can tell YOU, and together we can spread the light. God’s heart aches for the girls and women, someone’s daughter
, that are trapped in the practice of sex slave trafficking in the U. S. of A. Daughters without mothers who are desperate and alone. In my backyard~Seattle~the practice is rampant. We are a port city and along the corridor of a major freeway. There are more than tires and couches and toys that travel in those trucks up and down the coast. Women are trafficked, too, like a commodity. A powerful work against this darknness is REST ministries
, also here in Seattle. Real Escape from the Sex Trade has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of women, but there are thousands more. The statistics speak for themselves.
REST ministries is a valuable information resource–if nothing else you can read and be informed then TELL SOMEONE ELSE about these daughters….and find a way to help. Women who ARE rescued from this practice need healing–a life long process. The trauma is so deep and the horrors so unspeakable they may not be able to process what’s happened to them. Engaging in the arts–dance, painting, drawing can help.
The work of The LOV Foundation can be found here. Will you visit these sites when you can, read, pray and maybe give?
Instead of buying flowers and chocolate this weekend,
maybe send a gift in a mom’s name?
The mom will thank you, guaranteed. And so will these daughters who need help out of the darkness.