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6 Quotes From Missionaries Afar That Have Witnessed Human Trafficking

By    |   Wednesday, 25 March 2015 01:46 PM

Human trafficking affects more than 20 million people worldwide. Christians and missionaries afar are often working in parts of the world where they are confronted daily with the faces of those suffering from this crime.

Here are six quotes and observations from missionaries about what they have witnessed:

1. "More than 100,000 students, many of them non-Catholics, attend schools run by nuns. The work of raising awareness has touched people's hearts. Now young people know that there is a problem that had been swept under the carpet for far too long. The Church wants problems to be recognized and addressed, not hidden away." — said Friar Adriano Pelosin, missionary in Thailand, working to fight human trafficking.

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He told Asia News that fewer Thai prostitutes are involved in sex slavery because of awareness campaigns, but that most sex slaves "are Laotian, Burmese, Chinese; others come from former satellite states of the Soviet Union."

2. "The western district of Missouri actually has more prosecutions of human trafficking than any district in the whole country," Assemblies of God missionary Brandon Cox told OzarksFirst.com. "We have a lot of runaways in the area and child abuse in the area. That kind of pushes kids out of the home, where they are preyed upon and taken advantage of."

3. "While on a visit to one of our coastal churches this past Northern Hemisphere summer, Ronald, my husband, and a team of young people with him, witnessed several young girls (under the age of 18) being solicited in broad daylight by much older European men. It is also not an uncommon site at the fancy restaurants in the city to walk in, in the middle of the day, and see gray-haired European men seated at tables, eating with and talking to, Malagasy girls in their late teens and early 20's. Unfortunately the end result of these rendezvous is quite plain to see." —  Shelly Miller, a missionary in Madagascar, to Engage Magazine.

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4. "Pray for the workers that are involved in this across the board. Pray for those who persecute you. Jesus said to love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you. Let's take that seriously: let's pray for these human traffickers and ask God to bring them to Himself. This is a sinful industry that is destroying lives. The people doing it have destroyed lives as well and they are in need of grace and salvation. We need to be on our knees praying." — C.H. Dyer, president and CEO of Bright Hope International, a missionary group that fights human trafficking, reports Mission Network News.

5. "Last year they were able to locate six brothels that cater to men seeking sexual services. They had a chance to interview many of the young men and learned that virtually all of them were ashamed of what they were doing and desire to get out. As a follow-up to this, Hard Places is now providing English lessons right in the brothels four days/week. Cambodians know that being fluent in English is a valuable asset in earning a living wage. Ken has begun to meet with some of them for English lessons. To be honest, it was an uncomfortable and eery feeling being with these vulnerable young men in the very room where they line up like animals at an auction for selection by customers. The damage already done to their souls is incalculable. They need the transforming power of God in order to ever view themselves as having any value. I think this is the reason they are so appreciative of anyone who is willing to spend time with them without exploiting them." — From the website of missionaries Ken and Ruth Taylor.

6. "To seek the stray and fallen away in the person of the victims of prostitution and in the power that the Holy Spirit gives, bring them back to the bosom of the Father. We search for them in the bars and casas and along streets in the red light districts, offering them a decent way of living in our 'Home of Love,' a rehabilitation and livelihood training center for them and their children. Those who are willing to embrace God's grace of renewed life with Him, are sheltered in the Home of Love with all the basic provisions, free of charge." — The focus of The Mary Queen of Missionaries, a group of Catholic nuns seeking to help sex workers in the Philippines.

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