For those who fell in love with Nikki last week from her interview (It is pretty much impossible NOT to, she is just so loving!), here is the second part to our interview~
What are the most important things about child trafficking we need to know?
The stats on Human Trafficking are heart wrenching. You may find statistics at here:
The statistics in the above link are dated 2007, but the horror of Human Trafficking has only increased in five years that have passed since the article was written. With any inhumane situation out there, though, there is hope. Thankfully, there are people out there that are combating Human Trafficking every day. When reading the stories behind modern day slavery, it doesn’t take long for your heart to break.
I think that the most important thing to realize about Human Trafficking is that those trafficked truly are victims in every sense of the word. There are a number of reasons that children and women are trafficked. I believe that sometimes people view Human Sex Trafficking as part of the commercial sex industry. That isn’t true at all. Often times women will apply to a promising job that is another country or nearby city. These job posts look very legitimate. They may be advertising for jobs such as receptionists or waitresses. Once the women arrive to the job location, their passports are stolen and they are initiated into their new job as a prostitute. The initiations usually involve drugging the women and allowing them to be raped multiple times.
You may wonder how women could be that naive to apply for a job and accept a job offer long distance. Most of these women are in severe poverty and these “job posts” serve as a glimmer of hope in an otherwise hopeless situation. Some of these women are single mothers that will leave their child with family so she can go earn money for her and her child. The families never hear from the mother again. Children are often trafficked when parents send their child to work in the city. They often think they are providing their child with the opportunity for a future they otherwise wouldn’t have had by staying in their village. Some parents blatantly sell their children into the sex industry.
Some other useful links include:
How can we help you reach your goals?
Our goals regarding our trip to India go beyond just the financial need. We need prayer! Here are our prayer needs:
-To raise the remaining $2,000 for our trip to India in September.
-Continual guidance from God and the willingness to do what He wants of us.
-A continued passion for those in need. We are passionate about seeing those enslaved set free! Isaiah 61 tells us that Jesus was sent to set the prisoners free.
-A strong network of prayer supporters and missionaries in India.
-Prayer for the ministry we will be helping in September. (Due to security reasons, we cannot disclose who they are or where they are located in India).
-Good health for Nikki.
How can we learn more?
Want to learn more about our trip to India? Keep updated on our blog, Rebuild the Ruins
OK – back to me here… Nikki and her husband Matt are literally weeks away from the next step of their wonderful, God-filled, journey! Please consider supporting them in any way you can. Whether that be through prayer or financial support. I believe their remaining financial need is around $2,000. We are truly believing in God to carry them through this final step. If you feel so moved, and would like to know how to contact Matt and Nikki, or how to donate, please feel free to contact me and I will get you in contact.
I can’t wait to begin giving you all updates on their trip! Great things are about to happen, folks, great things! I get goosebumps even thinking about it!