It takes a Village: Fighting Human Trafficking Together
We are all familiar with the proverb, “It takes a village”, right? If you are like me, you’ve heard it in the context of raising a child. Recently, Rescue Houston participated in an event where that proverb took on an entirely different meaning for me.
On Thursday, November 8, The Story Houston hosted Freedom’s Fight, a night dedicated to raising awareness of Houston’s human trafficking epidemic. Anti-slavery organizations from all across the city came out to share their insight and first-hand experiences, and most importantly, what can be done to fight back. Those who shared their story along with Rescue Houston were Elijah Rising, United Against Human Trafficking, The Landing, Free the Captives, Freedom Place and Sergeant John Wall-who oversees the Houston Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit.
Sgt. Wall began the evening with a presentation detailing the realities of the sex trade in Houston. He shared there are over 500 active establishments in Houston where the sex trade operates.
The highest group of trafficked persons are girls between 14-17 years old. I will never forget when he said that in all of his years of police work, he has never encountered a harsher reality than of human trafficking.
After his presentation, the panel of organizations explained their approach to fighting trafficking and gave the audience the opportunity to ask questions. It was incredible to see so many passionate, skilled and committed advocates combatting trafficking. We all attack a different side of battlefront, yet are fighting the same war.
All too often it’s easy to feel the weight of what we are up against knowing there are 500 brothels operating in this city. It can be difficult not to lose perspective and to remember we aren’t alone. How crucial it is to know we aren’t in this alone. Rescue Houston isn’t fighting alone. We are blessed with fantastic partners, advocates, and supporters who each bring something to the cause.
Looking at the alliance of partners, I was humbled to know that while none of us have the monopoly on the solution, we have a village. A really big village. It’s a diverse group with multiple skill sets and specialized responses to meet the needs of those exploited. We are fighting on multiple fronts to bring the number of brothels in this city from 500 to zero.
I hope you realize your ability to join this fight alongside us. You’re a part of our village. Whatever experience or skills you have, there is an opportunity to serve. I encourage you to check out how to get involved with Rescue Houston by clicking here. Whether praying, serving as a volunteer or donating, there is a need and place for you at Rescue Houston.
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
Romans 12:4-5 “For as in one body we have many members and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”