Imagine for one minute how it would feel if your child was taken from you, brought to a faraway province or even to another country and repeatedly used in horrible ways. I cannot even begin to describe how I would feel.

My husband and I, along with our kids, attended an awareness training class conducted by the organization Called to Rescue, which aims to stop child trafficking and rescue kids from slavery. Every year around 1.2 million children are sex-trafficked all over the world. That’s 2 children every minute. The shocking fact is 1 out of every 10 children that is child trafficked is a Filipino. 70% of the children are girls, 30% are boys. Some children are kidnapped, some children are lured by the recruiters or pimps with a better life or promise of a job.

What can you do to stop this? If you are reading this, if you are a mom, a dad, or a single person, there is something you can do.

First, let me give you the Called to Rescue hotline: 0906 306 3889. I encourage you to save this on your phone. Your text or call can save a child. If you see anything suspicious in the mall, or your barangay, or the school of your children,  if you see a man or woman trying to entice a child to go with him or her, or even physically snatch a child, please call the hotline. Be alert! There is a story of a person who called the hotline because he started hearing a little girl’s cries from their neighbor’s house and he knew they didn’t have any children of their own. His call saved this 3-year old girl who was being repeatedly raped right next door to his house.

Make your children aware. Remind them never to talk to or accept anything from strangers. Teach them how to protect themselves. Tell them how to kick and scream when someone tries to take them by force. Monitor their cellphones and internet usage. Do not leave them alone with your driver, or for that matter, with anyone that you don’t completely trust. Don’t allow them to go to the mall or parties without adult supervision. Do not entrust your children to anyone unless you really, really, really, and i mean, really know that person.

Tell everyone you know about this. Tell your friends, your relatives, your officemates. Awareness is a major step in preventing more child trafficking in our country.

Pray for our children and the next generation. Pray for God’s supernatural protection to be over them. Pray for deliverance for those in captivity. Pray against this wickedness.

Let us be proactive. We can never be too safe when it comes to protecting our children. For more information, please visit the website of Called to Rescue.

with Cindy Romine, the founder of Called to Rescue
learning some self-defense moves

Psalm 35:10 (New Living Translation)
10 With every bone in my body I will praise him:
“Lord, who can compare with you?
Who else rescues the helpless from the strong?
Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?”

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  1. my niece is 3 years old and reading about that sample incident just sank my heart to an unimaginable depth… :,( i can’t even begin to fathom how wicked people can be. i remember that story that went viral on Multiply…of the young boy, around 3 or 4 years old, who was kidnapped … but good thing he was found (thank God!!!). because of his pictures going viral all over the internet someone spotted him, and he was seen in some street being made to beg!!! can you imagine! the audacity of these people, who are so wicked in not just subjecting their own children, but kidnapping another’s child for that too! like you, I can’t even describe how I’d feel if that happened to Raph. actually, I don’t even WANT to think about it 🙁

    thank you for posting the number and the website, and to pastor p also, i saw his blog on this too. let’s keep praying that this wickedness stops.

  2. Im a single mom and im sick of hearing a lot of excuses from other people making sick excuses after their kids get in trouble. Life is hard, accept it. God gave and entrusted us with our children and it is our utmost responsibility to love and take care of them. Nowadays, people say they don’t have time to do anything with their child because of financial circumstances, that they have to work, bills to pay etc. etch….this is usually the root of as to why kids get kidnapped. Hello???? Parents usually entrust their kids to a nanny or maid. They don’t have time to teach their kids the realities of life. It’s not their nanny’s responsibilty to do that, no matter how much you pay them. ITS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!!!! Granted you have to work for your kid’s future…that’s good… but what’s the point of all of it if your own kid doesnt know you or worst you don’t know them? I can’t blame it all to “the bad” people all in all but we as parents are to blame too. If we don’t give the kidnappers, pimps,or traffickers ANY chance to get near our kids then I don’t think this kind of crime would be rampant. If we teach our kids to be alert and realistic with this kind of circumstances, and give them the basic tools in life, then hopefully the rate for this kind of crime would cease to exist. Like I said,life is hard, accept it. But hopefully no parents would use their kids in lieu for a better life. Your kids are not things that you can exchange or sell. But I know im just dreaming, coz i know in reality it does happen, and that breaks my heart. My son and I are having the best time right now. Everybody knows that him and I are inseperable. Im not this big shot, rich person. Im just one of you that struggles everyday. But I hold on to God for support and strenght. And I never worry. God provides,believe me. We had so many times that I only have enough money to feed my son and yet God provides for us. Miracles do happen and I will definitely attest to that. The only thing I can do to show my gratitude to God is by taking care of my kid and making sure he is safe and have a relationship with God. Life is hard, IF YOU MAKE IT HARD but life is great when you walk through it with GOD!

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