The nightmare that isn’t a dream

Recently I spoke with Abby, a volunteer involved in the fight against human trafficking in the sex trade.

[You can watch a video of our conversation here.]

According to the International Labor Organization, there are over 40 million modern slaves, many of whom are sex slaves. That’s more people than live in my entire country. Trafficking is a nightmare that isn’t a dream.

In my own community two strip clubs have been shut down. The reason the issues are connected is because, contrary to what some people think, some of the women who work in strip clubs or massage parlors are not free—many are modern human slaves, somehow lured or abducted, brainwashed and/or abused, and are now under the control of someone evil.

Abby said that the trend is for things to move underground. Instead of looking in the usual places for a sexual purchase, an individual is more likely to order it online and meet someone discreetly at an arranged location.

Here’s where I’m going with this. In some towns, and especially in bigger cities, there is community break-down and increased anonymity. But just because we don’t know everyone anymore, that doesn’t mean we don’t still have a responsibility to care for one another.

In Genesis 4:9 Cain said to the Lord, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

The answer is Yes.

We live in a troubled world. Sin is everywhere. And sometimes, sin is celebrated. Darkness is not satisfied with staying put. It creeps, it gets louder—and it capitalizes on a culture of anonymity, individualism and apathy.

What if we all were a bit more proactive in being each other’s keeper? Those of us who follow Christ are warriors against spiritual darkness.

“Am I my brother’s keeper?” The answer is Yes.

By Matthew Ruttan

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