Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Modern Slavery

When you talk to most people about "slavery", they think of something that happened long ago that has now been abolished. However, the reality is that modern slavery is not only real, but it is rapidly growing, and today more people are enslaved around the world than ever before.

A recent report put out by the United Nations claims that most of the world is in denial about the horror of human trafficking. Instead of going away, human slavery is getting even worse and more widespread in the 21st century.

Exactly how many people are being trafficked?

The U.S. State Department says that there are 800,000 new victims each year, while the International Labor Organization claims that the number is actually about 2.5 million.

The executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, had this to say about the U.N. report: "It's sick that we should even need to write a report about slavery in the 21st century."

Actress Mira Sorvino has been appointed as a U.N. goodwill ambassador to help Costa's agency fight human trafficking, and she had this to say about the human trafficking phenomenon: "Until a few years ago, I blissfully believed that slavery was a thing of the past.....Well, obviously I was terribly wrong."

According to the U.N. report, sexual exploitation accounts for 79 percent of human trafficking, while forced labor accounts for 18 percent.

So just who is being trafficked?

The report says that women are 66 percent of the victims, followed by young girls at 13 percent, men at 12 percent, and young boys at 9 percent.

One of the greatest tragedies in all of this is that millions of children are being enslaved around the world, with many of them forced into the sex trade for the enjoyment of sick tourists.

According to the American Bar Association, 8.4 million children around the world are currently subjected to "forced labor, forced recruitment for armed conflict, prostitution, pornography, and other illicit activities."

And you know what makes this worse?

Sickos from the United States are fueling much of this.

The term "sex tourism" has actually become part of the English language over the past decade as thousands upon thousands of Americans (and Europeans too) have flown to foreign countries to have sex with these sex slaves. Often these sex slaves are only young boys or young girls.

Our world is becoming full of sickos and perverts just as 2 Timothy 3:1-4 warned us would happen in the last days before the return of Christ.....

"But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God"

The truth is that this world is falling apart. It is becoming a darker and more evil place with each passing day. The signs of this growing evil are all around us.

If humanity is so "evolved" and so "advanced", then why can't they get rid of this evil? The reality is that they can't. Humanity is a slave to sin just like the Bible says. In fact, the Scriptures say that each one of us is a slave to sin.

There is only one way to escape this slavery to sin. Only through the Lord Jesus Christ can you be set free:


1 comment:

  1. There is also slavery in Sudan, where the Muslim north enslaves the Christian children in the south. I'm involved now in helping one of those groups that were turned back over to the south when the U.S. inspired "peace" there.