Back in October I got a text from one of our Youth girls. She had just seen the movie PRICELESS at the theater and was blown away. She felt it was something our Youth group (guys and girls) needed to see.
Unfortunately we were unable to plan an outing before the movie was replaced by another at our local theater. But there are plans in the works to gather them together to watch the DVD.
You may wonder what drives a teen girl to reach out and request that our Youth group watch a movie about sex trafficking.
About six months ago our Pastor invited Present Age Ministries, a local non-profit that is committed to combating sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking of teen girls, with a focus on prevention education and direct services for survivors, to speak to our congregation.
Unfortunately I was at home with a migraine, but have heard from many of our women and teens that what she shared had a huge impact on them.
Many of our women are receiving training and volunteering with Present Age Ministries and our Missions Team continues to look for ways we can partner with them.
Our women are now aware – most were not – of the sex and human trafficking that happens right here in our city.
I recently had the opportunity to screen the movie PRICELESS and I understand now why I got that initial text. The story is raw, riveting, and disturbing.
Inspired by true events, PRICELESS is a powerful drama/thriller about James Stevens who was, at one time, a good man with a great life — but that was then and this is now. After the tragic death of his wife and losing custody of his little girl, James is at the darkest crossroad of his life. Angry, desperate, and unable to hold down a steady job, he agrees to drive a box truck on a shady, one-time trip cross country for cash — no questions asked. But when he discovers what he is delivering is actually who, he is compelled to save two beautiful and frightened sisters who are unaware of the danger that awaits them. Can love, strength, and faith redefine his past and change the course of his future? This unlikely hero risks it all to save these women, confront the forces that oppose him and ultimately discover the life he was meant to live.
Check out the preview below:
Although slavery is commonly thought to be a thing of the past, human traffickers generate hundreds of billions of dollars in profits by trapping millions of people in horrific situations around the world, including here in the U.S. Traffickers use violence, threats, deception, debt bondage, and other manipulative tactics to force people to engage in commercial sex or to provide labor or services against their will. (Source: Polaris)
The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally.
- 68% of them are trapped in forced labor
- 26% of them are children
- 55% are women and girls
The statistics will blow your mind, but it is the stories that will break your heart…
Human trafficking, and specifically sex trafficking, really strikes a chord with women and moves them to action.
It’s an issue millennials are vocal about. (Check out the End It Movement.)
It’s one of those taboo topics that women’s ministry teams need to address.
God may call your church to partner with a local sex trafficking ministry.
God may be leading your team to host an event to provide information about human trafficking in your community and the opportunities and needs of local ministries.
Perhaps God will move you to host a showing of PRICELESS at your church to start a conversation about human trafficking. Be sure to check out the online resources on their site.
If you’re looking for more specific ideas on how your group can take action check out the Human Trafficking Hotline’s 9 action steps for faith-based organizations.
We never know when one of our women or girls will be targeted.
Statically speaking, it’s extremely possible that there are women in your church right now who have or are being trafficked.
Let’s expose the darkness to light and ask God to use us to bring about safety and healing!
I encourage you to check out the resources below for more information:
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own. I was granted access to a screening of PRICELESS before it’s DVD release.