It’s always strange to read the news and have it contain something you’ve already written.
Since I write about the plight of human trafficking I’m not as surprised as I used to be. The facts about this horrible crime are showing up in the news every day, it seems. Some of the stories are like what I write. It breaks my heart to read these stories, let alone write stories like these.
On November 12, 2013, I was surprised, and for once it was in a good way.
My friend, Staci Stallings, sent me a link to The Blaze article about Glenn Beck’s Tuesday morning radio program.
I’m not a huge Glenn Beck fan. I have respect for him, but I’m not a regular listener and never have been. Yet now it looks like he and I are fighting the same enemy, and I recognize an ally when I see one.
Beck highlighted an organization called Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.). This is an organization made up of former CIA operatives, former Navy SEALs, and former Green Berets who work to rescue children from sex slavery.
On their website, those behind O.U.R. are very plain about what they do.
“People have been talking about this problem for some time. But these children don’t need more talk. They need action. They need to be extracted from the hell they are living in. We know how to extract them. This is what we do. We rescue them and place them into safe havens where they can be rehabilitated. Then we go after the bad guys and break their organizations.”
If you’ve been around me for any amount of time, you know this issue of sex slave trafficking is one that hits my gut and causes a visceral reaction. As I can, I’ve financially supported organizations that do this sort of work. IJM is one of those wonderful sorts of organizations. Destiny Rescue is another.
The difference with this group, O.U.R., is that they use governmentally sanctioned force against the perpetrators, whereas the other organizations work with the police and have the authorities use the force. I mention this because not everyone may agree with their method.
I’ve done enough research on the global epidemic of human trafficking and sex slavery to know that there are many instances where force is necessary. Justice isn’t always neat and pretty, but it is so much better than the alternative.
I love what this organization says on their website:
“To the Children
who we pray for daily, we say:
Your long night is coming to an end.
Hold on. We are on our way.
And to those captors and perpetrators,
even you monsters who dare offend God’s
precious children, we declare to you:
Be afraid. We are coming for you.
To those of you who have read this far,
we plead with you: Donate to our cause.
Donate. We cannot do this without you.”
Here’s a video of the Glenn Beck show below:
It’s so overwhelming to learn what happens to these children, but we are not powerless. There are men and women working to end modern slavery. And we can partner with them. We, too, can be abolitionists.
Precarious Yates has studied the plight of and worked toward the abolition of modern slavery for over a decade before sitting down to write Revelation Special Ops. She was further inspired by the work of her sister-in-law, who helped to found Love146, an organization that works to raise awareness about human trafficking and builds safe homes in vulnerable regions. Yates spent several years overseas as a missionary in Ireland, and also did missions work in India and the Philippines. Her passion for literature has become her means of further educating young adults of the realities of modern slavery, while producing hope through the power of Christ Jesus in us. You can learn about her books by visiting precariousyates.com