There is an issue that has been becoming more meaningful and important to me over the last few years. Today, I went to a luncheon to help raise money and awareness for child trafficking. I felt privileged to listen to the heart of Lynette Lewis, President/Founder of Stop Child Trafficking Now.
Here is what Stop Child Trafficking Now has to say about this incredible and disturbing crime.
"Child Trafficking is the recruitment, smuggling, transporting, harboring, buying or selling of a child through force, threats, fraud, deception, or coercion for the purposes of exploitation, prostitution, pornography, migrant work, sweat shops, domestic servitude, forced labor, bondage, peonage or involuntary servitude.
Child trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. UNICEF values the global market of child trafficking at over $12 billion a year with over 2.5 million child victims. Men, women and children are all victims but, the most vulnerable groups, those with limited rights or protections, have been the hardest hit… especially children.
Trafficking children into the sex industry is done because there is a demand. Predators seek out vulnerable victims and lure them under false pretenses into situations they cannot escape from. No matter the reason, children have become sexual commodities to be bought and sold for the pleasure of exploiters. These children are scarred for life and need help – our help.
Stop Child Trafficking Now believes strongly that to eliminate this heinous crime the demand for children must end. That’s why SCTNow seeks to destroy the source. SCTNow believes that by putting predators behind bars we can Stop Child Trafficking Now."
SCTNow is a awesome group and having heard first hand what they are doing I would recommend to anyone to look into their information and consider how you can help stop precious children from being kidnapped and sold as slaves.
And guess who else I got to hear....Tom Davis. I was so excited and have been anticipating the release of his new book - Priceless. I was completely changed by his first fiction book, Scared, and acquired a whole new understanding of the devastation that AIDS has had on such innocent people, both young and old. I read his blog and admire the heart the LORD has given him. Well, he gave his newest book to everyone at the event.
This books release date is later this month.
Again, I am grateful that I had the chance to attend this luncheon. And I am sure that you will be hearing more about my heart for this matter. We must stand up and protect the precious lives of these children!