- Wednesday, June 26, 2024

As our nation faces a critical hour with the escalating border crisis, the vulnerabilities of children entering this country are more glaring than ever, especially concerning human trafficking. The recent surge in these horrifying cases demands our immediate attention and action.

Some time ago, we were praying for an abducted little girl. She was snatched from her parent’s house in a split second. It was unreal to her mother, who kept rewinding the dark hour when she couldn’t find her baby girl, who had been playing in front of the house with her friends. It was every parent’s nightmare.

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We were praying and crying to God for a miracle. Many were trying to help in any way possible. Prayer vigils were ongoing. Her parents were beyond devastated, in unbelievable pain and despair. Then we received the miracle news.

She was found after the 10th day of her abduction. It was a true miracle. I cannot describe my feelings at that very moment. It was unreal. I had this out-of-body experience. She was found. But now what? How was she doing? What had happened to her? How much evil had already been done?

It is very hard to even write this article. I am choking on tears while writing. The knot in my throat and the heaviness in my chest make it hard to breathe. I am reliving my own molestation trauma and all the abuse and rape I went through. Knowing what they go through is a thousand times worse than my trauma. Yes, it is more than disturbing. It is heart-wrenching as a mother of a girl myself. But someone needs to read this. Someone needs to reach out and help. This evil needs to stop. And we cannot do this by ourselves. We need teams. We need support. We need passionate and compassionate people. We need God’s army.

Human trafficking is a grave injustice that violates the dignity and freedom of countless individuals worldwide. The Bible clearly condemns such exploitation and calls for justice and liberation.

After this little girl was reunited with her family, doctors examined her. She was physically destroyed as a result of approximately 120 rapes in 10 days. It is beyond human. It is beyond evil. She was numb. She was completely checked out. Her eyes were looking into the distance without life. Her innocence was taken away with any hope of recovery.

In the sex trafficking industry, it is called “breaking them.” What does “breaking” mean? Breaking means as soon as the child is abducted or purchased, they do as much as possible to the point of no hope for recovery. They beat them up, give them drugs, and let as many men as possible rape them to break the children’s mind, heart, and soul. The level of trauma is so severe and intense that the fragmentation in the brain is permanently damaged beyond recovery.

But … not with God.

“With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27 highlights the limitless power of our God. I have seen impossible cases in the natural world become possible with the supernatural power of Christ. He is still in the redemption and soul restoration business. Jesus still heals and makes broken people whole. I have seen sex-trafficked girls restored to health and sanity when all the mental institutions and doctors gave up on them. Christ Jesus is our only hope.

Galatians 5:1 proclaims, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” This freedom message is for all captives and all victims. The freedom power of Jesus is ready to break every chain of bondage and slavery.

Christians are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the fight against human trafficking. Organizations like ours, founded by Christian leaders, work tirelessly to support those who rescue victims, bring traffickers to justice, and restore survivors.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” – Proverbs 31:8-9 NIV

This letter is an open invitation to you to join us in this journey to fight for the freedom of sex trafficking victims. Let’s be their voices when they can’t speak. Let’s be their defenders when they are weak. Let’s be Christ’s army to set them free.

Işık Abla Ministries (IAM) is a global beacon of hope and empowerment led by visionary founder, President, and CEO Işık Abla. As a Muslim believer, she is uniquely positioned, knowing the culture, language, and social norms, to authentically and relationally share the good news of Jesus Christ with Muslims. Today, Işık’s programs are broadcast in multiple languages in over 200 countries on six continents and are available to more than 700 million people.

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