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.
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?”