Interspersed in our Missions Friday posts we will be posting resources for you about the modern day slave trade in the United States and around the world. Kari and I believe strongly in our calling to fight against sex trafficking and labor trafficking. Right now there are more slaves in the world than ever before. Learn more about human trafficking and our role here.
The first book I read about Human Trafficking in the United States was The Slave Across the Street by Theresa Flores and PeggySue Wells. The Slave Across the Street is the real life story of Theresa Flores a young girl in a wealthy suburb of Detroit, Michigan who was sold repeatedly for sex.
Theresa was a victim of date rape and black mail that led to being a victim of sex trafficking for years. Her story is heart breaking and gut wrenching. Every word shocked my system and my understanding of American freedom more than the last.
While Theresa lived in her own home she was repeatedly used in ways and situations that are beyond any person’s comprehension. Think of the worst thing that could happen to you or your daughter and multiply it by a million and that is what Theresa experienced.
Who should read it and why?
If you are wanting to understand and comprehend the fact that human trafficking, sex trafficking – of children happens right here in your suburb then this is a good place to start. Theresa’s story is a real life account of the type of young girl that traffickers prey upon and one of the ways that trafficking can take place. It will help your heart understand the gravity of the issue and know how to better pray. Also I pray it will ignite a fire in your belly to fight the injustice of modern day slavery.
If you are a victim of sexual abuse of any kind I would caution reading this book. It is very graphic and could be a trigger for memories and nightmares. Be cautious and wise.
In all if you are looking to plunge into the world of human trafficking in America, Theresa’s story is one to be read. The way we help the girls who are victims and survivors is by knowing and understanding who they are and what they experienced. We are a part of restoration and redemption by hearing their stories and allowing their experiences to move us to act.
Stephanie Page is a wife to one very supportive man and mom to three beautiful girls. With a background in foreign and local missions, youth and women’s ministry her heart is to see people living their lives in the freedom purchased for them on the cross. She spends her time as a speaker, writer, bible study leader, human trafficking advocate and conference planner. She is the author of two books, “It Started with a Blog” & “Preparing for Christmas”. She is also co-founder of Allied Women. Her favorite things are hanging out and serving with husband Chris, speaking on Freedom and snuggling with her girls. You can find her blogging at www.simplyfaith.us and www.storiescafe.org as well as on Facebook & Twitter.