Daily the tension increases as people around the nation begin to make their displeasure known regarding the hundreds of girls that have gone missing from Nigeria nearly over a month ago. It has sparked an outcry, not just from Americans, but people worldwide. What has been the real concern of some is that it took something on this large a scale to draw attention to the much larger problem of human trafficking and the lack of progress that many governments have appeared to be making.
According to a Global Report on Trafficking in Humans which was compiled by the United Nations on Drugs and Crime, Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa says, “many governments are still in denial. There is even neglect when it comes to either reporting on, or prosecuting cases of human trafficking”. The report reveals that 79% of all human trafficking is sexual exploitation related, and another 18% is forced labor related. With the majority of the victims being women and girls, one might think there’d be more of a focused effort to rectify this by leaders; especially those who are husbands, fathers, brother or mothers, or sisters of women and girls like these.
The recent attention to incidents such as this one in Nigeria is actually cause for hope, because now people have to snap out of their denial of its existence. It is events like this and many of others that have occurred before it which has pricked the heart the people of God to become more vocal and more proactive in the effort to combat this in ways in which governments have been too reserved to respond.
Things are working together for good. With some committing themselves to continual praying, and others committing themselves to going into harms way to set the captive free, there can be no doubt that the tide will eventually turn as families are once again reunited with those that love them. I cannot begin to imagine the pain it must be for those who have lost a loved one to the tragedy of human trafficking, but I can imagine the joy that they will no doubt experience when loved ones return to them.
If there is a yearning in your heart to be a part of this movement, you need not look far. Seek out the one that resonates within you, and then work towards the end of those things that seek to separate families, break down communities, and weary nations.
QUESTION: What things are you presently hoping for?