~Parental guidance advised for younger readers due to the subject matter~
I still remember the day I first heard about human trafficking, modern-day slavery.
, For as long as I can remember, I have been furious about the fact that slavery existed in the history of America. It disgusted me to even think that at one point in time it was legal and acceptable for one human being to think they had the right to own another human being. I was infuriated by the thought. How could someone be so evil?
Yet as a young girl I believed that slavery had been abolished. I believed that it was gone and that it was finally a thing of the past.
But I was thirteen years old when I found out that I was wrong.
I still remember that day as clearly in my mind as if it were yesterday. I can see it vividly in my mind and remember exactly how I felt.
I was reading a book when I found out that slavery still existed on the earth today and that, in fact, there were more slaves existing today than ever before. As the words sunk in for me, I remember feeling as if I could not breathe or as if someone had punched me in the stomach. That moment, my heart began to break and I was furious.
So many thoughts ran through my mind, so much confusion. How could this have been happening and I didn't know sooner? How could this be real? I needed to know more. And I needed to do something.
It was December 2010 when I first found out about modern-day slavery, human trafficking, and that snowy winter night I vowed to fight this crime for the rest of my life and not give up until it was abolished.
That night sent me on a quest to find out more about human trafficking and learn as much as I could. Awareness and education is the first step to prevention and action. This December will be six years since I first called myself a modern-day abolitionist, and I am still proud to call myself such. Of course, I know far more about human trafficking now than I did six years ago, and it still breaks my heart.
I hate human trafficking more than any other crime or wrongdoing on the face of this earth. I despise it. It is the most horrific form of evil I have ever heard of. It makes me just as angry today as it did six years ago.
Human trafficking takes many different forms. Domestic servitude, child soldiers, prostitution, etc. Sex trafficking infuriates me most of all, and to know that this dark evil exists on the face of the earth today, and especially in America, tears my heart into pieces.
No matter what form human trafficking takes on, it is all telling the same disgusting lie.
That a human life does not matter and does not have the same value as another. That a human life is cheap and can be bought and sold for pennies.
And that is the most disgusting, vile lie I have ever heard. A lie straight from the devil that has deceived this world for far too long.
And that is why I hate human trafficking so much.
Because it deceives its captives into believing that their life is not valuable and that their life is not worthy of love or freedom. But see, I know the truth. I know the truth of God that says every life is valuable. Every life is loved. Every life is precious. And every life deserves the freedom of living this truth.
To think that a human being could be so evil and horrific as to sell or buy another human being, completely blows my mind. I don't understand how someone could do something so extremely evil. My heart breaks over this.
I hate human trafficking with every ounce of my being and I have chosen to dedicate my life to joining the fight of eradicating it and bringing the evil perpetrators to justice.
In my heart I believe it should be the call of every Christ follower to say "No!" to human trafficking and to stand up and fight it. As Christians I believe it is our duty to spread the truth that life is precious and valuable and it should never be bought or sold. Jesus died for every life because every one was precious in His sight.
Let this be our battle cry to come together and fight this modern-day slavery. To fight these disgusting lies that are told, and spread the truth to the precious souls caught in this evil trade.
Pray hard. Get educated on slavery. Learn the signs of human trafficking. Get connected with an organization fighting human trafficking. There are dozens of amazing groups out there--International Justice Mission, A21 Campaign, Love146, Free the Slaves, Polaris Project, to name a few. Give of your time, money, or talent to help in this fight.
I don't care what it is, but please, please do something. We can't let this evil lie to our girls, our men, our women, our children, anymore. Let's fight it.
Until we are all free.
Isabella Morganthal (20) is a homeschool high school graduate who loves Jesus with all of her heart. She is a drummer, writer, creative arts director, and modern-day abolitionist.