The House that Porn Built


Society today has fallen for the lie that porn is harmless entertainment.

But the truth is – pornography is the foundation to human trafficking. Many times women and children are forced into pornography – a decent percentage of which are trafficking victims.

In the United States alone it is estimated that over $3,000 a minute is spent on porn and the porn industry makes an estimated $93 billion dollars a year.

Every time pornography is accessed, the demand for more increases. When that happens, more victims are pulled into it. It is pornography that makes human trafficking a supply and demand issue.

The house that porn built is the house of lust that traps those who look at it. The house that porn built holds your fellow brothers and sisters lost behind eyes that reflect no life with little fight left in them. The house that porn built destroys families around the globe. The house that porn built is a trap that sucks people in to it’s grasp.

Porn cheapens sexuality. It is yet another distortion of the gift that God gave to be shared by a husband and wife.

There is an attack on the sanctity of marriage.

There is an attack on the innocence of children.

There is an attack on what is moral and what is good.

Compromise in this case is defeat….what we tolerate, the next generation will accept.

Take a stand against this injustice.

#31DaysofFreedom

Traffic J.A.M. And Pearl Alliance


The current state of our world is heartbreaking – but often we’re too busy to really notice it. Or, maybe we do notice it, but we’re too busy to really do something about it.

Is life really nothing more than living a routine and trying your best to get through? Being “too busy” is just an excuse used by those too afraid to get involved or by those who don’t care enough to do the work involved to make a difference.

One of the biggest problems in this world is that people don’t help each other.

I was encouraged today as I drove through the little town I live. After some flash flooding yesterday we were under several feet of water. It hurt driving through and seeing people working to clean up the streets and sidewalks and bringing out things from their homes that were ruined – carpets, boxes and boxes of belongings. But then I saw a sign set up from a nearby church that is offering help with cleaning to anyone who calls. Several of them were set up around the block. This encouraged me. This is what we all need to do.

What can you do to “clean up” the mess you see every day in this world? Anyone can see a mess and pull out the bad…but it really takes someone to do something about it.

I want to challenge you to educate yourself today with the resources found at this link: Traffic J.A.M. – JUSTICE. AWARENESS. MOBILIZATION.

Traffic J.A.M is a  501(c)(3) dedicated to preventing commercial sexual exploitation in countries of origin founded in July 2010.

Their site shares the importance of YOU getting involved and how you can help (in ways big or small) – every bit makes a difference.

pearlalliance Pearl Alliance is a branch of Messenger International specifically designed to help raise funds and awareness to prevent the progression of human trafficking and rescue those who are already enslaved. John and Lisa Bevere, authors and speakers, founded this outreach after Lisa spent time in Thailand witnessing firsthand the brutality of the human trafficking industry.

Wordless Wednesday – Love146


Founded in 2002, Love146 works toward the abolition of child trafficking and exploitation through prevention and aftercare. www.love146.org

Your Life For the Gospel


“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot.

What do you burn for?

What in your life gives eternal value? 

You never know when your last day is. Are you prepared to lay down your life for what you claim to believe? Do you really burn for the gospel? Are you truly passionate about God, or are you in love with your religion?

The gospel will be an offense…persecution will come and persist, and in a paradox, instead of dying out, this will cause an uproar and a move of God – it will come out of the persecution.

Your life for the gospel – a life that makes sense in eternity. I life lived for God.

What burdens and burns in your heart?

My life for the gospel looks like invading the low and dark places that only the broken and shame are found. The victims, the abused, the prostitutes, the emotionally devastated, the hopeless, the runaway, the lost, the disillusioned, those who no longer see their priceless worth after being stripped down to what they see as nothing, the hurting – the broken women.

My life for the gospel looks like living the unloved and battered women and girls. To reach out and rescue the ones from which innocence has been torn away.

My life for the gospel looks like reaching into the dark places of a broken soul for the light the enemy has tried so desperately to steal from them.

My life for the gospel brings a restoration to the broken and a recognition of redemption. It brings hope.

What does your life for the gospel look like? What burdens your heart? Where can you make a difference? 

Taking a Stand


 ”She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.” Proverbs 31:20

The statistics are staggering. Human Trafficking globally is estimated to make over $32 billion a year. It is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world and is second only to drug trafficking. 80% of the victims are women and young girls. The average age for entry into prostitution or sexual exploitation is 12 years old. 50% of human trafficking victims are minors. 42% of those recruiting victims are women.

It is estimated that 2 children are sold every minute.

I went to a Love 146 production last year. They had Heather Clark with them who had her worship dance team there. Their purpose of their production is to raise awareness for Human Trafficking. The production was so powerful! (To see the opening dance click here)

In proverbs 31, “The Woman who Fears the Lord” – says in verse 20 that she “opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.” (NIV)

These women and children are in desperate need. Human Trafficking is not just happening in far away countries. It is happening in this country. It is happening in your city. This issue is so little-known. Most do not realize that this is happening even right down their street.

We need to take a stand to to extend our hands to those who are in need. To think that for every minute 2 children are sold.

SOLD!

What is life that a price can be put on it? And yet these children are sold for cheap sex.

The average slave is sold for $90. A life is sold for $90.

Will you stand and reach out to help them?

(To join the Love 146 cause on facebook click here.)

On a larger scale, check out http://pearlalliance.org

Reaching Out,

Brittany L. Ketter

 

#31DaysofFreedom

Sold!


For every minute, 2 children  are taken for the purpose of sex-trafficking. Take a stand against Human Trafficking.

For every minute, 2 children are taken for the purpose of sex-trafficking. Take a stand against Human Trafficking.

 

Set them free!

 

#31DaysofFreedom

Beautiful Slave


Take No Glory has written a song that captures the horrors of trafficking. Please take 5 minutes to listen to this song.

Beautiful Slave by Take No Glory

I don’t know where I am
They’ve taken all that I had
Smuggled in for a lucrative trade
Beaten, bartered
Broken in, until I obey.
I used to be childlike,
Innocent and safe;
Now I’m someone else’s treasure
A strangers pleasure
Smothered in shame.
Succumbed with drugs.

But Im not numb

All I feel is pain
Is this all a dream?
Will I ever be the same?

Can anyone hear me?
Will anyone break these chains?
Who will free me?
From this dark place?
Does God see me?
What is His name?
Will He help me?
I’m just a beautiful slave.

My worst fear is my fate
I’m getting older each day
Every girl too old in years
Mysteriously just disappears
They never mention her name.

They take away piece by piece
I don’t think I have any left
I’ve slowly given up all hope
Given into this sleepless bed

Inside these bars
I feel so seared
By each new face
How could this ever be
Every memory be erased?

He can hear you
He’s seeking you,
He wants to heal you
Jesus knows the real you

Jesus Loves The Little Children
All The Children Of World
Red & Yellow, Black & White
Theyre Precious In His Sight
Jesus Loves The Little Children Of The World
Hes Got The Whole World In His Hands

Send up a prayer for those enslaved tonight.

#31 Days of Freedom

Somebody’s Daughters…


SomebodysDaughtersLast night as I was going to bed my thoughts and prayers went up for the girls and the women who are trafficking victims and prostitutes. My thoughts were haunted by the blank depths that were found in the eyes of those I have crossed paths with. Their eyes are a black hole – as if no life is behind them. The longer they live the life (if you can call it that) they do, they withdraw everything of who they are within, becoming more and more distant. Survival is the goal, but even then there are so many days death seems better.

Broken. Weary. Violated. Trapped.

And these are somebody’s daughters!

Perhaps they once knew a loving family and had friends or a pet?

Maybe they had a job or went to school?

Maybe they had a hard life and then it hit even harder.

Promises broken. Dreams shattered. Life as they knew it – Gone.

Branded. Sold. A strangers pleasure.

Yet, she’s somebody’s daughter.

Be a voice. Educate yourself. Rescue these girls.

What if this were your daughter?

 

#31DaysofFreedom

 

SOLD-THE SLAVE NEXT DOOR-GOD IN A BROTHEL


Three books I read and would recommend for anyone to get an understanding on the trafficking that is happening around the globe and in America today. I have included descriptions and each title is linked to Amazon. Any questions, please comment and I will be more than happy to answer!

Take a stand against trafficking today!

#31DaysofFreedom

 

book11) Sold – Patricia McCormick

Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family’s crops, Lakshmi’s stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.

He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at “Happiness House” full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution.

An old woman named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is trapped there until she can pay off her family’s debt—then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that she can never leave.

Lakshmi’s life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. Still, she lives by her mother’s words— Simply to endure is to triumph—and gradually, she forms friendships with the other girls that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision—will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life?

Written in spare and evocative vignettes, this powerful novel renders a world that is as unimaginable as it is real, and a girl who not only survives but triumphs.

book22) The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today – Kevin Bales

In this riveting book, authors and authorities on modern day slavery Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter expose the disturbing phenomenon of human trafficking and slavery that exists now in the United States. InThe Slave Next Door we find that slaves are all around us, hidden in plain sight: the dishwasher in the kitchen of the neighborhood restaurant, the kids on the corner selling cheap trinkets, the man sweeping the floor of the local department store. In these pages we also meet some unexpected slaveholders, such as a 27-year old middle-class Texas housewife who is currently serving a life sentence for offences including slavery. Weaving together a wealth of voices–from slaves, slaveholders, and traffickers as well as from experts, counselors, law enforcement officers, rescue and support groups, and others–this book is also a call to action, telling what we, as private citizens, can do to finally bring an end to this horrific crime

book33) God in a Brothel: An Undercover Journey into Sex Trafficking and Rescue – Daniel Walker

This is the true story of an undercover investigator’s experiences infiltrating the multi-billion dollar global sex industry.

It is a story of triumph for the children and young teens released from a life of slavery and the rescuer who freed many hundreds of victims leading to the prosecution of dozens of perpetrators. And it is a story of haunting despair for those left behind in corrupt systems of law enforcement.

It is the personal story of Daniel Walker, one man who followed a path of costly discipleship, agonizing failure and unlikely redemption.

And it is a challenge to God’s people to join in the battle that all might be freed.

Fireworks: Out With a Bang!


fireworksAs Independence Day is just days away I think about the July 4th traditions that have been passed on through the years since that historic day in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed making us a free nation. Or did it? What is it that makes us free?

I have freedoms and rights that are granted to me because I live in this country, and I am proud and blessed to stand behind those who sacrificed in order to serve and those who gave their lives for the rights and freedoms that do exist here.

At the same time when I look around me, people aren’t free. America is not exempt from the sex trafficking. The statistics are staggering!

“No one is free when others are oppressed”

This time of year brings celebrations, BBQ’s, picnics, gatherings of family and friends, and FIREWORKS.

In 1776 it was the sound of the bombs and the rockets that gave the hope that our flag (the cause believed in) was still raised. This year, let the Forth go out with a bang! Raise the cause of freedom high, for the lives that are forced into human trafficking, let the sound of the fireworks be a hope that we are still in the fight.

Click here for ways that you can get involved with the movement to end human trafficking.

For more information or to get involved visit these websites:

http://abolitioninternational.org/

http://www.thea21campaign.org/

http://messengerinternational.org/get-involved/pearl-alliance/

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