True Love

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  I just had to write a brief post because I woke up today with the heaviest burden.  Obviously, today is the day we focus on the mushy-gushy-ness of relationships… although this area isn’t my forte, I do try to pause and take a thankful moment for those I care about.  Doing this though, I can’t help but think of all the thousand of girls looking for love in all the wrong places.

A quick definition of a sex trafficking victim is a person who is forced, tricked or coerced into working for the sex industry (or any person under the age of 18 who trades sexual favors for anything of monetary value).  So, so many girls end up in pornography or prostitution not because some mean guy literally kidnapped them.  More often it’s a (fake) boyfriend who convinced her that she should do him a favor if “she really loves him.”  This might sound foolish, but to a child desperate for affection and care, or desperate for a way to financially provide for their loved ones at home, this is seems anything but foolish… this seems to make perfect sense.

Imagine that at the age of 14 you were still waiting to feel your first real hug.  Imagine that you can’t remember the last time someone in your household said “I love you.”  Imagine that mom’s new boyfriend has started to redirect his attention for her, now to you.  Imagine that all you can think about is a new, safe life for you and your little sister.  You’ll do anything to protect her, to provide for her.  Now imagine that a very handsome, successful looking guy around 20 waltzes into your world promising you everything you’ve ever dreamed of, buying you lavish gifts along the way to prove that the dream is possible.  He promises you hope, love and a way out.  This must be “true love”, your Price Charming at last.  Of course it seems crazy, but everyone has always remarked how love is crazy (and blind), haven’t they?

My heart aches for these girls, all hundreds of thousand of them in our country alone… not to mentions the other millions around the world.  Please pause with me today – be thankful for the love you have in your life (no matter how small) and say a prayer for each of the girls looking for love in all the wrong places.

May this blog serve as an education to those who do not yet know or understand the atrocities of trafficking and may it serve as an encouragement to those who understand it all too well.

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  1. Nik

     /  February 14, 2012

    Beautifully addressed.

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