Next year my husband and I are planning to take our family to Hawaii. It’s taken longer than I would have liked to return to this island paradise, but we’re anticipating our arrival just the same.
As I started my initial planning for our tropical vacation, I was excited to learn this week that House Bill 1099 in the state of Hawaii clarifying that child sex trafficking is a form of child abuse has passed! Mahalo Representative Souki and Governor Ige! #StoptheinJuSTice
In this massively challenging effort to eradicate juvenile sex trafficking in the United States, every step counts. Every law that is changed to protect the innocent, each perception altering the word “prostitute” into “victim,” and every time hope is restored for those rescued out of the life has value.
This week I also learned about a book called Roadmap to Redemption by Rebecca Bender. Rebecca is a sex trafficking survivor who is bravely using her tragic experience to help others. Shared Hope International tweeted about an interview capturing her life story that had taken place on the 700 Club on CBN.com.
Although I’m not a survivor myself, I’m intrigued to hear more about Rebecca’s journey and personal testimony from victim to rescue to restoration. I believe the more people learn about these kinds of tragedies taking place in every state across the country the more we can do to prevent future incidences and help unravel and bring light into a very dark web of deceit.
In May, I was privileged to be a part of a community meeting for faith-based leaders in the educational sector. The topic of mental health for our youth was on the top of the list. I was glad to see some training programs, including one for teens, to help people recognize the signs of desperation and depression so services can be offered or provided for those clearly hurting and in despair.
This lead me to wonder if the signs of sex trafficking would also be mentioned in the training, as the signs of sex trafficking are often mis-identified as other forms of abuse. Needless to say, I’ll be reaching out to see if anything can be added on this topic. It’s so important; simply speaking, it’s a matter of life and death.
In the busyness of life, sometimes it’s hard to be generous with your time, talent and treasure and put in the energy required toward your personal ministry. For me, the issue is sex trafficking awareness, and this is the main reason I started this blog.
I’m hoping to capture your heart by sharing news and stories and writing engaging, Crisp prose. I aim to stay passionate, active and prayerful about this — and, my wish is that others do the same.
Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. (Psalms 144:1)