Taken

So we watched this movie called “Taken” last night.  It stars Liam Neeson and Shannon from LOST, I don’t know her name.  Anyway, it’s a pretty Jason Bourne kind of movie with international baddies, butt kicking, but more than that, it has a very serious issue in the plot line.  Liam’s character in the story has a daughter that gets taken in Paris and being sold into sexual slavery.  Liam is on the hunt to find her and kill anyone involved that stands in his way.   I recommend the movie for anyone who isn’t afraid to be offended, and has the slightest interest of seeing a hollywood movie that leaves you feeling heavy for humanity.

Granted, there’s violence, a birdy is flipped, and the subject matter is offensive, but for what it is, it is a rude awakening to a reality that is so very present.  Each year, an estimated 600,000-800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked across international borders (some international and non-governmental organizations place the number far higher), and the trade is growing. This figure is in addition to a far larger yet indeterminate number of people trafficked within countries. Victims are forced into prostitution, or to work in quarries and sweatshops, on farms, as domestics, as child soldiers, and in many forms of involuntary servitude.

There’s organized child prostitution in the states too.   There are currently an estimated 300,000 children under the age of 16 working as prostitutes in  america.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  Wow.  James couldn’t have said it any clearer.   I hope this journal can spark a desire for you to educate yourself of this current situation.  Then after that, doing something about it.  Please, friends… these people aren’t captives of themselves, but rather from others who keep them under their decisions and lusts.

www.thehomefoundation.net

www.ijm.org

www.childrenofthenight.org (a non-christian organization that deals with child prostitution in the states, primarily southern California)