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The Dwindling Value of Human Life

April 1, 2009
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So InterVarsity at Drake is doing a week-long awareness/service project called Jesus.Justice.Poverty. People on leadership were put on a team to plan each day of the week, and I got Modern Slavery. It was a very eye-opening experience to say the least.

Some facts:

  • 4 million women and children around the world are in sex slavery
  • You can buy women in the United States for $10,000. That’s 1/3 of Drake’s tuition. In comparison, to buy a slave in 1850 was the equivalent of $40,000.
  • You can buy women in Bosnia for $50. I still cant believe that even after reading it.
  • In Ethiopia sex goes for as little as 10 cents.
  • Over 1 million children enter into sex slavery every year
  • 30 million children have lost their lives to sex exploitation over the last 30 years. That’s one million per year.

We had a coffee-style chalkboard posted outside of our sub/pizza shop with prices listed for what you can buy sex slaves for in about 10 different countries. It was amazing seeing people’s faces as they walked by.

They had no idea this was happening in our world.

They were absolutely shocked.

What’s interesting though is that it was especially men who seemed interested. The men in our society who so revere sex. They couldn’t believe that women were being used like this. It was awesome to see.

We also sold scarves made by former Ethiopian prostitutes at that stand. It was about 30 degrees yesterday and we sold 34 scarves in just over an hour for $12 each. It was incredible.

And that is the goal of Jesus.Justice.Poverty. To make people aware of the world around them. To make people aware of that fact that Des Moines, Iowa isn’t all the bigger it gets.

Yes, you can give. But simply being aware and lifting up prayers for these women and children is the first step.

Think about it.

P.S. Cool story – I was standing outside in the cold working this stand, and a girl came up and said she bought me a hot chocolate and appreciated what I was doing. I have no idea who she was. Maybe an angel in disguise..

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