Thursday, January 03, 2008

The Sex Trade

"People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness."

- 1 Timothy 6: 9-11 (NIV)

"I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep."

- John 10: 9-11 (NIV)

Peace and blessings,

When I normally think of slavery and its manifestations, I usually only think along race and class lines. Most of us know about how various peoples throughout history were enslaved based in part on their skin color. Similarly, many people are also aware of many corporations who operate sweatshops where people work in inhumane conditions and get paid next to nothing. There is another form of slavery, however, that I tend to overlook when I consider matters of love and justice: sex slavery. I mean I've heard of the term before and I am aware that it exists in the U.S. and throughout the world. However, for some reason it wasn't on my "radar" like other forms of slavery were. Could it be that sex is so heavily promoted through music and media that I'm sort of subconsciously desensitized to the idea that sex slavery is just as prevalent as race- and class-based slavery? Regardless of the reason, I appreciate the video (see below) sent to me a month ago by this one person, asking that I address this issue on the blog. Come to think about, given that the devil's primary purpose is to distort and corrupt the things God created (because the devil has no power to create things), it makes sense that the devil would distort one of the most the sacred things God created for a man and a woman, and associate it with greed and lust, things that Jesus often spoke out against and warned us of.

In addition to the video, here is an article on a
  • potential sex trade business in San Francisco. CA
  • Two organizations that are heavily involved in the fight against the evils of sex slavery and its dehumanizing effect are
  • Not For Sale
  • and
  • Standing Against Global Exploitation.
  • Let's continue to pray against all forms of slavery, and for the power and love of Jesus Christ to heal the hearts of those involved, and bring an end to this corruption of God's creation. Take care and speekonit...

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