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The scared cry interrupted my thought process.  Before I could reach the second floor bedroom, our two-year old grandson’s cry had turned into hysteria.  By the time I reached him, tears flooded his big brown eyes.  He had woke up in a strange bedroom and couldn’t find his Mommy.  I explained Mommy was at work and he was safe with Pampa and I.  By the time we got back downstairs, his tears were gone and the conversation turned to what toys we were going to play with.

My thoughts then returned to what I had researched before the cry pierced my world. I began to think of the 200,000 American children that are forced into the commercial sex trade business here in the United States.  The horror they must live through on a constant basis and how when they wake up in a strange place hunting for their Mommies, their Mommy isn’t there.

I have written often about my feelings on pornography being the #1 Goliath our society faces today! Sex trafficking is just one of the many damaging results from this giant.

As I have researched this holocaust that is overtaking our children, youth and women, I found the following statistics:

  • 12 years old is the average age for girl prostitution in the U. S.
  • Every two minutes a child is exploited in the sex industry
  • 1.5 million children world-wide are forced into the sex trade business
  • In the United States, 1 in 3 runaways are approached by sex traffickers in the first 48 hours of being on the streets!

If those stats don’t alarm you, pinch yourself…you must not be awake! These alone should wake up a sleeping church! Our society needs us.  The children, youth and women who have become sex slaves need us!

Playing on the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I too have a dream!

“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the truths of God’s Word.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of “One Nation Under God!”

I have a dream that one day on the streets of every city and town, the sons of former sex slaves and the sons of sex traffickers will be able to sit down together at the table of Freedom!

I have a dream that one day even the business of Pornography, a business sweltering with the heat of bondage, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and healing.

I have a dream that my three daughters will one day live in a nation where they will not be judge by their body’s and pleasure it brings men, but by the content of their character and what’s in their hearts.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope,  This is the faith with which I return to those caught in the chains of sex trafficking. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.  With this faith we will be able to present the keys to those who are enslaved and help turn their lives into a beautiful symphony of freedom, knowing that ALL will be free one day.”

Following is a testimony from a young woman who’s life is now a beautiful symphony of freedom!

The Key to Freedom from Mercy Ministries on Vimeo.

For more information on Mercy Ministires, click here.

Statistics above come from Abolition International.