I recently went to see the movie 12 Years a Slave.
I wanted to see it and yet I didn’t want to see it.
I knew it was an important movie to see and yet I knew it would be very difficult to watch.
I was right. It was very painful to watch the story of a free black man who was living in New York in the 1840s get kidnapped and sold as a slave. For 12 years he endured unspeakably hard work, horrendous living conditions, and near death beatings. In the end he was freed, but I’m sure he was never the same person again.
It’s hard to believe that even though more than a century has passed there are still slaves in the world.
There are still people forced to work where they don’t want to. There are still people living in terrible living conditions. There are still people being abused.
Matt Parker, founder of The Exodus Road writes:
Rescue from the sex trade sounds glamorous. On the outside looking in, rescue looks a lot like Jason Bourne in a fist fight or Liam Neeson breaking down doors to find his daughter in Taken. It sounds like the stuff of Hollywood.
But real rescue can’t be depicted in a two-hour movie on the big screen. My experience as a former undercover investigator and now the leader of The Exodus Road, a coalition of more than 20 investigative organizations responsible for nearly 200 victim rescues in the past year, has given me a more realistic point of view.
The rescue of a sex slave actually requires a huge investment of time, resources, strategy and grit.
If you want to read the rest of his story about rescuing a slave named Sarah go to the Relevant site.
And remember to pray for those working on the front lines of freeing modern-day slaves. I can’t imagine what it does to your soul to work in an environment where people are routinely abused and hurt. Pray that God will bless their efforts and give them joy and peace even in those awful circumstances.
In the comments below write a short prayer for the brave people who are working to free modern-day slaves.