written by Marji Iacovetti
I’ve spent hundreds of hours researching over the last seven years. I’ve learned about child trafficking from survivors, therapists, social workers, and other heroic individuals.
The hardest part for me is the opposite of what I would have expected. When I see beautiful, loving, healthy parenting, I often ache inside.
As I see genuine parental love, I can’t help but picture the enormous number of young people who need and deserve that same love but never find it. I long for every child to see a face light up because he or she just walked into a room. When children know they’re cherished, they are well armed for life’s challenges. They’re also protected from the lies of traffickers and others who might hope to exploit them.
Fighting child trafficking doesn’t need to be complicated. It can be as simple as becoming a helper in a youth group or making room for a young neighbor at your dinner table.
It’s impossible to know this side of heaven the impact you will have when you take the small steps of showing love and treating people like they matter.