April 25, 2012
"American Christians, who understand the incomprehensible scandal and moral horror of sex trafficking must recognize that this is an issue of high moral priority." So says Al Mohler in his latest op-ed, "The Ugly American - Sex Trafficking and Our National Humiliation."
Aptly said: What Dr. Mohler rightly calls a scandal has become so widespread that, according to the Associated Press, Attorney General Eric Holder is "designating a coordinator to oversee the Justice Departments efforts to combat human trafficking, describing it as modern-day slavery that has reached 'crisis' proportions on a global scale."
The millions of victims of human trafficking deserve the help and support of Christians, especially as this problem grows here at home. As Attorney General Holder noted: "As incomprehensible as it seems, trafficking in girls is an increasingly prevalent part of gang activity. These crimes are seen as 'low risk and high reward.' They bring in more profits and often result in less prison time than dealing drugs. As one journalist who was covering instances of human trafficking here in Arkansas explained it: 'You can only sell a drug once, but you can sell a human being over, and over, and over.' Today, these transactions can be executed quickly, conveniently, and anonymously over the Internet and many of them involve young children."
Eric Holder is not the Attorney General many of us would like: His refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, his commitment to defending the constitutionally indefensible Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare), and his allegiance to an agenda that would erode religious liberty as our Constitution understands it make his tenure at Justice a dubious one. Yet on this issue, he's getting it right - so much so, that in his speech he even praised pro-life, conservative Republican Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA), whose longtime championship of the most vulnerable (born and unborn) elicits the praise even of his philosophical opponents (read more about his recent work here).
Earlier this month, just across the Potomac from FRC, "Two associates of a Fairfax County-based Crips gang pleaded guilty ... to charges of running a prostitution ring that recruited and trafficked local high school girls, authorities said ... At least 10 underage girls from Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia were lured into prostitution and were forced to continue working through threats and violence, including rape, court records say."
Thankfully, a number of wonderful ministries have stepped up to help those trapped in this modern-day slavery. FRC's RealCompassion.org features links to the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability's "Servant Match" site and to the Catholic Charities homepage. Visit these sites to learn about ministries that, both here at home and abroad, are rescuing women and girls from the grip of involuntary sexual servitude and helping them move forward with hope and dignity.