The sex trafficking crime is truly an evil and dark sin. Millions of people around the world are lured, threatened, and are forced into drug addiction. Then they are used as a thing, a product, to be sold outright or to be rented for rape and other sexual abuses.
This is not pornography. This is not passive watching of sex. This is the rape of others for the purpose of money. The media calls it an industry. This is such an offense to anyone with any sense of right and wrong. It is like calling serial killers, the serial killer industry. It is a crime, not an industry.
I read an article that the sex trafficking criminals rake in about $100 billion a year. Of course, no one really know since much of this takes places in dark corners and behind closed doors. Of the victims we know about, 97% of them are women — young women and teenage girls READ: Trafficking in persons in Canada, 2018
These are our daughters, sisters, and in some cases spouses. It is said that there are some things worse than death. This is one of them.
Many people believe that this is a problem only for drug addicted, rebellious runaways. That is just another part of the seedier side of those people who chose to be poor and refuse to lift themselves out of their poverty and violence. Yet, if the Ghislaine Maxwell trial is allowed to proceed, many people of power and influence will be exposed as rapists and sex traffickers.
And according to the Canadian government, many of the victims are not simply grabbed out of the alleys while they are shooting up. “People can be trafficked by someone they know: former or current partner, family member, friend, co-worker, or boss. The recruiting process can be so slow and subtle that victims might not even know they’re at risk of being trafficked. Traffickers can make it hard to escape in many ways; for example, through the use of violence, threats, manipulation, or control. Victims often live and work in brutal conditions and suffer physical, sexual, and/or psychological abuse and injury that can lead to lifelong trauma.”
Traffickers groom their victims and it often starts with finding someone alone or vulnerable emotionally. Then it becomes a nightmare in which the person cannot use their phone or see anyone other than the criminal who controls them.
Emotional abuse can be followed by statements like: “If you loved me, you would…” Ultimately, the victim becomes dependent on their jailer for food, clothes, emotions, and even what to think. As the process continues, the victim feels more and more helpless and, in many cases, less and less worthy. Add in the forced use of drugs, which also deadens the pain and provides a moment of illusionary escape, and the victim is trapped.
Once this happens, money can be made. Break the spirit and pocket a buck. Some are sold and sent off to other countries or areas. In that case, a victim is surrounded by a foreign culture and a language they do not understand. Escape seems impossible. And if they do not allow the raping to continue, they are beaten or tortured.
How do you convince these people that God loves them? Or the families of these women and children, that God sees what is going on and that he loves those they love?
These are hard questions. The reality is that God does see, and he does love. The next obvious question is why does God allow this? It is this question that carries much judgment against the victims. They must have done something to deserve this, right? Good girls don’t end up in foreign brothels or rape rings. Good girls just say no to such things. And if it is not the fault of the victim, it must be God’s fault. After all, he could stop this with a single thought or word, right?
Well, we’re not talking about good girls just saying no. Good girls get victimized all the time. They get attacked, abused, and raped. It is not their fault. Saying no doesn’t always work. Sex trafficking is not the fault of the victim.
What about God? It is so easy to blame God. But why not blame the evil behind this horrible sin? The identity of the true perpetrator is Satan. In a world that worships him through sexual perversion and immorality, and idolizing of sin, how can we be surprised when he causes such pain? It is what he does. It is the only thing he does.
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Andy Becker is a pastor, retired counsellor and former CEO of a Hospice organization. Currently, his wife, Stella and Andy, lead both Lighthouse ministries and Bread of Life ministries in North Central Regina, one of Canada’s poorest and roughest neighborhoods. His book, The Travelers, is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.