The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” (John 4:15-18)
The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”]] (John 8:3-11)
Last night I had the opportunity to hear Tajuan McCarty of The WellHouse speak about her past as a survivor of human trafficking and her story of now helping other victims become survivors. The message was eye-opening to say the least. This is a real issue that is hurting many young people and young adults (male and female). Human trafficking is a crime and is disturbing. I left the event wondering what I could do. I came up with a list for me.
- Pray. Pray hard for the victims. Pray for those that use them. Pray that our culture changes.
- Do not be judgmental of those caught up in human trafficking.
- Be a friend to all in the name of Christ. (The two passages I posted above show Jesus’ compassion to two women who became objects for men.)
- Get people the help they need. Get them to agencies equipped to help them.
- Let others know about what is going on (this is why I am writing this today).
- Learn how to spot victims – HERE
The following video is not graphic but discusses the issue with frankness. If you have about 21 minutes take time to watch it.