As more countries face issues of insecurity more children are vulnerable to human traffickers. In 2014 over 60,000 unaccompanied children have entered the United States. These children are brought over by smugglers from other countries after they have paid a handling fee that could be anywhere from $500 to thousands.
If this many unaccompanied children were able to enter the U.S. then how many fell victim to human trafficking? The question is scary when you think about how many children actually made it to the border of the U.S. How many others became victims on the journey and how many others were enslaved?
In Nigeria in April, 2014 over two hundred school girls were taken and believed to be sold. If this many made it into the news how many more girls fell victim that no one even knows about?
Insecurity is the real issue, people flooding into the border in the U.S. is fueled by the problem of insecurity in Central America. Many of the children are believed to be from Honduras. Which has the highest murder rate in the world, it is double compared to other 9 countries that proceed it many of which are also from Central America.
There are three basic needs that children have to grow up healthy, physically, spiritually and mentally. They are safety, significance and love. As Christian’s we know the source of these is God and when our family, government and country are unable to fulfill these basic needs He is always there.
One question that many people have asked about the children at the border is how could parents let their children go by themselves across the border with strangers?
Remember not to judge. In so many circumstances around the world smugglers, and traffickers are well versed at lies, manipulation and control tactics. One of the best lines in a book is from “To Kill a Mocking Bird” in it the father tells his young daughter, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
As parents in Central America are faced with unemployment, high murder rates, crimes and are surrounded by insecurity on all sides. They probably felt as if their children are better off trying to make it to safety then staying in their own country. Many parents probably gave all they had just to pay for their child to take the journey.
This month in our prayer and fasting campaign we will focus on these three needs. We will be praying for the rescue of children that have been taken, restoration of their lives and families and the redemption of their hearts. Starting July 20-27th we will be asking God to intervene in the lives of children trapped in slavery.