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Use your influence!

Posted in Human trafficking with tags , , on April 12, 2012 by Charl

I have been thinking about what I could do in terms of making a difference on the theme of Human Trafficking. I came across this clip about Lewis Hine, the iconic photographer who is best known for the photograph of workers taking a lunch break on scaffolding with the New York skyline as a backdrop.
What I didn’t know was how he used his talent as a podium to make America aware of the plight of children being exploited as cheap labour.

What is your thing?

I enjoy movies. I thought it may be a good idea to approach a cinema and ask them to host a film festival showing films that hilight aspects of human trafficking. If they would donate the use of a cinema theatre, one could sell tickets and use the proceeds to support charities working in that field. So I want to invite everyone who reads this blog to propose a movie and if possible, a short description of why it should be included. Then, let’s see who we can get interested to host and who woul by a ticket to the movies proposed. Lastly, let’s have some proposals for which charities could be supported.

How could you become an influencer?

This is just one way to try and raise awareness.

Human Trafficking

Posted in Human trafficking, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 6, 2012 by Charl

I watched the movie Whistleblower last night with my teenage children. I knew the movie was about human trafficking after the conflict in Serbia, and I have always wanted my girls to be aware of sex traffickers and how this heinous crime is still, if not more so, widely occurring. I used the opportunity offered by the movie Taken, starring Liam Neeson to appeal to my teens to make it easy for me and Anina (my wife) to protect them. I purposefully try to find opportunities to remind them of this in order to encourage them to be mindful of what they do when they use social media, as so many predators actively use these media to locate potential victims.

But this movie has moved me more deeply from a position of trying to prevent it happening to my teenagers, to thinking and praying about what we can do to combat this plague on humanity more actively. I will try to share what I find as I go on, but aside from praying for the victims and perpetrators to be found and saved, physically and spiritually, I believe we need to actively be working to make society aware of the issues.

Start by watching this movie which is not entertaining, but thoroughly shocking and deeply moving. I would urge Christians to guard against cocooning ourselves from the horrors of this world in the name of holiness. ;I would warn you not to go there if you have issues with abuse. ;I would urgently request that if you indulge in pornography, that you consider that your interest creates the environment for this crime to prosper. ;I would urge you to view this movie and consider the question, “Have I supported sex traffickers?” even unknowingly.

May God help us all to be part of the solution, not part of this problem.

Message me directly on Facebook if you need prayer or advice, and I promise I’ll tr to help you as best I can.