Father and Son08 Jan 2016, Posted by Refocus in
When I got back from my trip to Bolivia where I did a hidden camera documentary on sex trafficking, these are a few of the questions my friends asked…
“Did you go into the brothels?” “Did you have to pretend to be a client?” “Was it like the movie Taken with Liam Neeson?”
I do have a particular set of skills, but unlike Liam Neeson trying to rescue his daughter from sex traffickers in Taken, the only shooting I did was with my camera.
As I walked through the swarm of men in the brothel, the image that still haunts me was seeing a father and son. The father had his arm around his son’s shoulder, and I could tell by his eyes that he was proud of his son in this moment. A coming of age.
I realized after leaving, that I didn’t only want to help the women, but also the men.
I could see how easy it would be for a guy to walk in the brothel, telling himself that this was a normal way of life.
But my anger was righteously targeted towards sin, not just the men participating. When there is the absence of love and honor for our Creator, horrific scenes like this easily become the norm.
In the city of El Alto, Bolivia, sex trafficking is legalized. There are over 5,000 women, starting around the age 10, that are affected. Not to include the hundreds of thousands of broken men who take part.
To help put an end to slavery, we don’t have to have ex-military skills like Liam Neeson.
So what can we do?
First: Stop looking at pornography. Porn is the gateway into the sex trafficking arena.
Second: Pray for the men and women affected on both sides, including the brothel owners.
Third: Go. There are only a handful of Christians working to get these women out of trafficking in this area of Bolivia.
Fourth: Give to this ministry in Bolivia. They specifically work with those in the sex trade, focusing on abundant life and hope in Christ.
Video to be released soon.