Did you know that children and women are sold for sex right under our noses?
The #ACourageousOne project is my effort to raise awareness, money and hope about the realities of sex slavery and sex trafficking. I decided to host a week of blog posts about the Courageous Ones held in slavery, coupled with a challenge to give our own Courageous Ones towards the fight:
- donating one dollar (raising money)
praying for one minute (raising hope)
sharing one post on social media.
My talented friend, Corrie Haffly, responded to the call to action by creating one artwork for each post. Her art and a quote and link to each of the posts is below.
“I know, I know. You want to stop reading already because the topic is too hard, too unfathomable, too desperate. But will you stay with me? Because there are kids right under our noses who are desperate for someone to find them and bring them to safety. They are scared and hurting and so very courageous. . . .” Read the whole post here: A Courageous One
Liz Williamson, a survivor of sex trafficking, wrote the second post: Liz’s Story (This was the piece that first inspired Corrie’s art because that line about sleeping with sneakers on made her breath catch in her throat.)
It’s time for linguistic reform. Thinking of prostitutes generally as women who are choosing a particular line of work is no longer accurate. “The alarming truth of the sex trade today is that a vast majority of those who exchange sex for money in our day and age are not choosing to do so. . . . They are, to all extents and purposes, sex SLAVES: sold for another’s profit.” Read the rest here: Prostitute: It may not mean what you think it means.
“There are 29.8 million slaves in the world today. 60,000 of those are in the USA. Reflecting on this led my friend, Liz Below, to write a Psalm for the 29 Million.” (notice the reflection in the eyes above. It’s amazing)
Finally, there’s a letter for the men. “If you stay silent, you may have protected your own character in that situation, but your silence is interpreted as indifference. . . . The sex trafficking industry relies on secrecy to thrive, and when we fail to say something, we allow it to keep its secrets.” Read more here A Letter to Men.
The #ACourageousOne project is to raise awareness, money and hope about the reality of sex trafficking right around us. There are tens of thousands of invisible women and children – courageous ones – in need of rescue and restoration.
We can help. Support a courageous one by giving #ACourageousOne of your own:
- Donate ONE DOLLAR to fight sex trafficking (here, here, or here, if you need a suggestion.)
- Pray for ONE MINUTE for God to rescue victims, and give courage to women and men to speak and act as we ought. (Here is a Psalm to meditate on, as a suggestion)
- Share ONE POST on social media to raise awareness about this issue. This is happening in our communities, so if we speak up within our communities, someone directly involved is going to hear.