What does this man look like to you? Does he look like a teacher? Banker? Youth minister? How about a pimp?
His name is Tony Drum. He’s 30 years old and he’s been arrested for human trafficking, yet he looks like he could be the guy living down the street, the guy you pass in the grocery store or the coach of your child’s little league team.
THIS is how human trafficking has come to be called the crime hidden in plain sight.
The victims and the perpetrators look like people you pass on the street day and night and the only way you’d ever consider them as anything else is my being educated.
By writing about and speaking out about human trafficking, we do more than raise awareness, we educate. William Wilberforce said,
You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.
Once you’re educated on the issue of human trafficking, the indicators to look for, then you will begin to recognize it for what it is when you see it.
It’s like when I bought my van. I couldn’t decide what color to purchase and I finally settled on gray, because I didn’t recall seeing gray vans very often. The first day I drove my van I felt like all I saw were gray vans. In fact, I felt like the only color van on the road were gray vans. All other vans had their driving privileges revoked. Not really, but because I had a gray van, I was more aware of them. The same is true about the issue of trafficking. As you become aware of the issue, you’ll see signs of it without searching very hard.
We cannot afford to be blind to this evil taking place not only in our nation, but in our own communities and possibly down the street. We need to ask the Lord to do for us what He did frequently for those who were blind. Mark 8:25 says,
Once more Jesus put His hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.”
We need to ask the Lord to open our eyes and allow us to see things clearly. Our children are counting on it. Proverbs 27:12 says,
The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”
Look carefully around you. What do you see?
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