Psalm 4:1-8, 7-8
"You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe" (Ps 4:7-8, NLT).
Theme: To know peace in a world with no peace; finding peace in a world without much peace.
Sex trafficking--a world without peace. Last Mon (1/26/15) I watched a documentary on sex trafficking in the U.S. on channel 11 called A Path Appears. It is based on a book with the same title, written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, a couple dedicated to fighting poverty and the oppression of women in the 21st century. It was highly disturbing and sad to hear accounts of how young girls, usually runaways--as young as 11 to 13 years old--are ensnared by pimps who use them as prostitutes. Often, these girls sleep with an average of 10-20 different men a day (or night) every single day for countless years until they escape or die--usually from violence (beaten to death) or from a drug overdose. Prior to being prostitutes most of these women have a history of incest or were sexually abused by some family member or boyfriend of the mother. To hear these women recount their stories in detail is truly jarring to listen to. One of the most eerie accounts is to hear how pimps are on the lookout for young runaway girls to enslave and ensnare them to a life of prostitution and sex trafficking. The pimps looks for young girls walking alone aimlessly in malls. They say to the innocent young girl, "Your eyes look beautiful." If the girl says, "Thank you very much," the pimp would walk away and move on. But if the girl looks down sadly and says, "No, I'm not," the pimp knows that he has her, and he seeks to win her over as though he really cares for her. In no time, the pimp knows that she will become his sex slave and source of income. Hearing this was simply chilling to my bones.