Sex Trafficking Goes PrimetimeCHARLES COLSON
Slave traffickers around the world have rediscovered how profitable it is to buy and sell people.
Women are lured into modern-day slavery, hoping for a better life. They could all be your sister, or your best friend, or . . . your daughter. . . . Modern slavery exists only because we choose to ignore it.” Now, that probably sounds to you like a quote from Ambassador Miller, who is the director of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons but he is not the one who said it. Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino did.
isn’t another example, however, of a celebrity cause of the day. The quotation
comes from Sorvino’s character in the Lifetime Channel’s miniseries
called Human Trafficking. Sorvino plays a
Also starring Donald Sutherland as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, the show Human Trafficking “reflects a harsh, cold reality of how women and young girls across the globe are being bought and sold as sexual slaves,” according to Lifetime’s website, “some lured . . . by ‘mail-order bride’ ads.” The miniseries airs tonight and tomorrow at Eastern time. Now, I haven’t seen the series, so I cannot speak for its quality or its suitability for the family. But at the least, Lifetime is generating a much-needed dialogue.
The series Human Trafficking makes
a point of showing the presence of sex slavery right here in the United States
— and it is not fiction.
The series Human Trafficking makes a point of showing the presence of sex slavery right here in the United States — and it is not fiction.
Human Trafficking makes a point of showing the presence of sex slavery
right here in the
For too long, the evil of sexual slavery has continued “out of sight, out of mind not any more. President Bush has spoken out on this, and our Wilberforce Forum staff has worked with senators and congressmen in the passage of the sexual trafficking act now being used to crack down on this. And now, of all things, primetime television is shining a light into the dark corners of our communities. The Lifetime Channel’s website provides viewers a wealth of information, including highlights of International Justice Mission’s work in rescuing victims, and practical ideas for what citizens can do. And visit BreakPoint.org for links to this and more information.
“An ounce of cocaine you can only sell it once,” says Sutherland’s character. “A woman or a child: You can sell them . . . every day over and over and over again. The markup is immeasurable. Human trafficking, ladies and gentleman, is the business of the future.” Sutherland’s character is right. But it doesn’t have to be if we Christians work, as we are doing here at “BreakPoint,” to get our government to enforce the laws.
For further reading and information:
Today’s BreakPoint offer: See BreakPoint’s fact sheet on the problem of sex trafficking.
Learn more about International Justice Mission and how you can support its work.
See the Lifetime Channel’s page on Human Trafficking for more information, including a discussion guide and practical ideas for what citizens can do to make a difference.
Arthur, “Lifetime’s Place Is in the House (and
Senate),” New York Times,
Blum, “Finally, an Untold Story,”
“The Link between Prostitution and Sex Trafficking,”
“Federal Grand Jury indicts District man for
interstate sex trafficking and rape of children and adult females,”
U.S. Department of Justice press release,
Fang, “Young Lives for Sale,”
Read about the Close to Home episode titled “Suburban Prostitution.”
Also see BreakPoint’s research page on sex trafficking and slavery.
Charles Colson. "Sex Trafficking Goes Primetime." BreakPoint Commentary October 24, 2005.
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