This is part of a blogging series that the Idea Camp with help from Dan King put together leading up to their conference in Las Vegas. I’ve written about all the subjects so far and each topic has a link to a list of the other blogs in the series. On my blog, all posts for this topic are marked with the hastag #ICSEX.
He went into a brothel with an undercover cop to see the operations. They were escorted to a room with a two-way mirror behind which a number of girls were sitting or standing with numbers around their necks. The idea was to “order by number” as it were. Complete anonymity for the client and complete dehumanization of the prostitutes. He looked at the girls and saw dead eyes, empty expressions and a complete loss of life, except for one: girl 146. She had fight in her eyes. She had life still. At most, she was eleven years old.
This is the story that Co-founders Rob Morris, Lamont Hiebert, Desirea Rodgers and Caroline Hahm tell regarding the beginning of their non-profit organization called Love 146. To call the story “chilling” would be an understatement and woefully inadequate. Take a minute and watch this video where Rob Morris tells the story himself.
What’s more, this is not a phenomenon limited to places like South East Asia. This is not limited to what we so condescendingly write off as the third world. In the United States it is estimated that within one hour of reaching a target city, runaways will be approached by a pimp. That’s to say that every time a child run’s away from home to go to New York, or Los Angeles, or wherever it is they think they can make a life for themselves, within one hour of reaching that city, a pimp will come up to them and say “You looking for a job? A place to stay?” I don’t know what people think the root cause of sexual slavery is, but I can point to at least one: runaways.
This is the number for the Love 146 hotline. This is the number you call when you find someone in a position to be at risk of being coaxed into sexual slavery. I realize that there are plenty of accounts of men and women being forced into slavery through some combination of drugs and intimidation. The worst, most insidious and subversive kind of slavery, is the kind where we are convinced that we are somehow dependent on it. Like any sin pattern, we are convinced that it is normal, somehow ok for us to be in that position.
Jesus redeemed us, bought us for a price so that we may be set free.
Freely you have received, freely give.
Click here for a list of other posts from the #ICSEX series on Sexual Slavery and Human Traffiicking.