Archive for June 11, 2011

More than a discussion about Human Trafficking (Part II)

See yesterday’s account of what nine Minnesota women who came together after reading a book about “Two Kyrgyz Women” talked about.  Here is the continuation:

We sat in our living room feeling like abolitionist women from 150 years ago concerning this topic on slavery. This kind of slavery could be going on right in our own city and certainly long haul truckers are made aware of the problem where there are interstate hubs such as in Fargo, North Dakota with I-29 and I-94.  This website provides  information for those who are at truckstops. Truckers AGAINST Trafficking!

As American women, we feel privileged living in a dream world that so many yearn for, their day-to-day reality is defeatism and hopelessness. We asked ourselves, “What can WE do to help?”  Certainly raise awareness and find out more from the website “Not for Sale.”  Two of my friends had already looked it over and were finding out what companies use child labor in the production of their products.  There’s a report card for 100s of companies, some come off good but most others get a D+. Check out

We all agreed that we needed to educate ourselves about this so that we can bring awareness to others. Also, we know that education is the KEY for those young people in developing nations who do not have the skills to keep up with the 21st century.  I mentioned that the money is not being funneled out to the rural areas of Kazakhstan sadly because resources meant for schools usually end up in the pockets of those school administrators.  Greed continues among educators as well as police officers.  Both service industries meant to protect and educate their own population.

After all these dismal thoughts in our discussion it was very good to be reminded of the promises from Isaiah 58.

“Is this not the fast that I have chosen:

To loose the bonds of wickedness;

To undo the heavy burdens,

To let the oppressed go free,

And that you break every yoke?

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,

And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;

When you see the naked, that you cover him,

And not hide yourself from your own flesh?

Then your light shall break forth like the morning,

Your healing shall spring forth speedily,

And your righteousness shall go before you;

The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.”

Also, all of us ladies do want “pure and undefiled religion” not a sit on your hands kind of faith.  According to James, that means to visit orphans and widows in their trouble and to keep ourselves unspotted from the world.  I think “fasting” from material things and giving to those who are in need is a good start after being aware of this tragic problem about victims who are trafficked.

Back to my dream the other morning with those men who wanted my dad’s highly prized snowmobile.  I think we will always have evil in this world. Men (and women) will bully and try to strike fear into others because they want more of something they can’t have.  We may hope in our neighbors help or that the law will be on our side but ultimately we need to pray that God protects us and that our loved ones do not fall into such a trap. The snowmobile tracks are visible in the pure, white snow of these villains.  The lives of victims who escape from slavery are like those unsightly tracks but they need hope and the promise of a future without fear, torture and cruelty.  Each number in the awful statistics about trafficking is a human soul crying out for freedom. We shall see what we, as nine ladies, can do to make a difference for good, to set the captives free…

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