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THE DAY OF THE GIRL-OCT. 11

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This will make you weep! Read these statistics from She Is Safe which focuses  on Preventing,  Rescuing, and Restoring  young women around the world in danger of being trafficked:

  • 200 million girls are “missing” from the world today.
  • 98% of sex slaves are female. Demand is rising for younger girls.
  • 90% of poor families in India do not educate their girls.
  • 52 million girls under the age of 18 are forced to marry each year.

On the other hand:

  • Girls will invest 90% of what they earn back into their families.
  • Girls who are safe, free, equipped and know their God-given value will raise the next generations of boys and girls to be safe, free, educated and contributing.

For more information contact : infor@sheissafe.org

And to read the story of a committed, persistent woman risking her life and reputation to expose”white slavery” (trafficking) in the 19th century, read my recently released Daughters of Deliverance and The Queen’s Daughters

 

Password denied again!

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Tonight I’m just warming up my blog with “writers’ bloc.”  Can you believe it took me forty-three minutes to think of a password complicated enough for WordPress to let me in? (They wouldn’t accept the one I designed last week.) Once I finished reading three websites on how to do it, all the ideas of writing about writing have left my mind.  Did you know that computers can roll through thousands of combinations of words and letters in the blink of an eye to figure out my secrets?  So why don’t I just use a password like Ilovelucy?

I’ve promised myself that I’ll write at least one blog a week– about anything that fancies my mind at ten fifteen at night.  Hopefully there’ll be more content — hopefully I won’t have been writing pages of password ideas first.

But I do still have one sharp, concise bit of information. My eleventh book, first historical novel and the product of almost ten years of serious research (I can write about serious things) will be coming out within six months. Can you wait that long? (I can’t!)

You’ll love this woman I’ve written about– a medical doctor, a writer, an advocate for women, courageous and persistent– investigating and exposing ‘trafficking’ in the 19th century.  Her name is Katharine Bushnell — Katie to me.

See you next week!

 

 

woman and men created equal

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As I finish editing Boundless, the story of Dr. Katharine Bushnell, I’m overwhelmed at the persistence and bravery of this nineteenth century woman. She spent her life exposing sexual slavery and calling on legislators to pass laws to raise the age of consent and outlaw White Slavery (trafficking then.) She was passionate to serve God and to teach about the value He placed on all humanity. The Bible compelled her, at great personal cost, to fight against those who devalued women in her day. And little has changed – I was heart-sick to read about little girls SOLD BY THEIR PARENTS for as little as $10US dollars. Read on. . .

Asia—2014– In Nepal and India, extreme poverty results in malnutrition, disease, illiteracy, and often deep spiritual depravity.
Little value is placed on women and girls in these countries where they are sold into sex slavery by members of their own families for as little as $10 USD, depending on their age and beauty.

They refer to themselves as “the walking dead” for they are without hope. Girls as young as 7 have been sold into slavery. These women and girls are confined in a room called “the cage” where they are beaten, starved, and raped until their will is broken. Then they are forced to service customers to repay their debt–a debt that incurs more in interest than they are paid for their services. those brothels, conditions are filthy and sickness is rampant. Girls who succumb to infection are turned out on the streets to die. (Just like infected girls were turned out of the brothels in the British military cantonments in India in the 1890’s)

Vision Beyond Borders launched its Vision for Women to answer the growing crisis. The safe house they helped fund just 6 months ago is full, and more women are ready to come out of the industry.
Adapted from Mission Network News by Joan Kramer

At least today exposing trafficking does not depend on a lone woman here and there to fight against the evil. The Bible teaches that men and women were created equal in God’s sight, and equal to work side by side: “God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female created he them. So God blessed them and told them, ‘Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters over the fish and birds and all the animals’ . . . Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was excellent in every way”. Genesis 1: 27-29, 31.

A ready market in the Magreb of Africa for young girls.

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Professor Lawrance of the Rochester Institute of Technology said that if he were to visit any number of West African countries “I would have no difficulty, within a matter of hours, in finding a place to procure children.”

While the imagery of a slave market conveyed by the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, may have been aimed partly at attracting attention, Professor Lawrance said, “it is not a stretch of the truth to imagine where you could buy children, sitting and waiting to be sold.”

Child trafficking is considered such an insidious problem that the United Nations Human Rights Council has assigned special rapporteurs to investigate it for nearly 25 years. The last rapporteur, Dr. Najat Maalla M’jid, a Moroccan pediatrician who specializes in the protection of vulnerable children, said in a report to the council in March that they were more at risk than ever to sexual slavery. “Millions of girls and boys worldwide are victims of sexual exploitation, even though this issue in recent years has gained increased visibility,” she said.In report she issued in December, Dr. Maalla M’jid said that in recent years, the increase of child trafficking has been greater for girls.

Rights advocates say many cases go undetected. Susan Bissell, the chief of child protection at Unicef, said Wednesday in a phone interview that there were 1.2 million known cases a year of child trafficking globally, “and that’s a gross underestimate, because of situations in this context; it’s totally clandestine.”

Rights groups have conducted numerous studies documenting the trafficking of girls and women in Africa, which is often done through deceptive means. In a 2010 report, for example, Human Rights Watch found networks in Ivory Coast and Nigeria that systematically trafficked in Nigerian women who had thought they were being recruited as apprentice hairdressers or tailors or the person who took them would hurt them.”

Ms. Bissell said part of the enforcement problem lay in many victims’ lack of official identities — 230 million children do not have birth certificates, which makes them virtually impossible to trace.
Adapted from New York Times May 8,2014

This evil seems to have no end. Can you imagine what would happen if these perpetrators had grown up in a loving home with parents who modeled honesty and respect for each other? Parents who made sure children were educated–or at least taught basic values like love, kindness, integrity, a work ethic,– and that God, who loves them, created both boys and girls as equally valuable and full of potential?

Trafficking denied in 19th century

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When Dr. Kate Bushnell started helping prostitutes in Denver, later Chicago, and then discovered girls caught in “white slavery” society denied her findings.  In the Victorian era even mentioning the word “prostitute” was offensive.

Now 100 years later it’s still happening–in far greater numbers, and we don’t seem to be shocked anymore.

Here’s a report from some Jordanian friends who’ve been trying to help in the camps where thousands of Syrians have fled the war in their homeland.  They’ve been trying to provide food and water to refugees living in camps on dry, barren land.  UNICEF has recently told them they can no longer provide water since they have run out of money.  This camp has now grown to 150,000 people. So, desperate families resort to desperate measures.  Read on:

Another form of chaos that has begun to build up is the “business” of selling Syrian women (primarily the younger, paler ones with green or blue eyes) to older men (50-80 year old) in Jordan. It’s hard to imagine a family letting go of their daughter to a stranger for money but desperate times will call for desperate measures…measures that we will probably never understand or comprehend. In a recent news report, a family in dire need of milk to feed their hungry infant had no choice but to sacrifice their teenage daughter to marriage for a dowry. What was even more shocking was that the help was provided by a local  NGO based  in Jordan that is setup to provide food, cash and medicine – not husbands! The director of this NGO offered to help find their daughter a suitable husband for money. The mother of this child would have never considered such a random arrangement before in Syria, but life in Jordan has become so unbearable that the sacrifice of her teenage daughter had to be made. How else would this family be able to pay for rent and milk for their starving baby?

Another story tells about a 19 year old who was given over to a young, Jordanian man in exchange for a dowry. Soon after her family returned to Syria, the man took his new bride to a brothel to make money off of her as a prostitute. 

Dr. Kate Bushnell discovered similar desperation over one hundred years ago as she exposed white slavery in dens in northern Wisconsin, “chaklas” for British soldiers during the Indian Raj, and drug houses in San Francisco and Hong Kong.

I’ve completed Boundless, the first of two books on Kate’s life—a woman of valor, perseverance, and boundless love for God and His abused daughters.  She fought the battle singlehanded in a Victorian culture which denied such abuse existed.  Even though we know the existence of wide-spread trafficking, we seem helpless to limit, much less eradicate the crime. Is it that we don’t really care?

The Greatest Social Failure of our Era

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The Greatest Social Failure of Our Era

As I write Boundless I am more aware that the problem of the treatment of women reaches far back into history and across the globe.  But it seems everywhere today there is a growing consciousness of this evil.  Below is an interesting commentary from the Denver Post by David Rathkopf .

            The larger looming story is our continuing failure to protect women of their rights.  The U. S. in particular is going to face some very difficult choices in the years ahead on this point.,  Are we so eager for closure in Afghanistan or stability elsewhere that we are compliant with putting in power regimes that will continue to suppress the majority population, deny them education, deny them protection under the law, allow them to be abused under the protection of barbarous and indefensible “cultural tradition?”  Will countries like India continue their tradition of failing to enforce the law against rapists who prey on their women, as in the case of December’s horrifying Delhi gang rape?  Will the gunmen who targeted Malala in Pakistan continue to seek to intimidate those who emulate the    courageous schoolgirl?

 

            My fear is that the answer will be “yes” and that in the year ahead we will see even the worlds’ most progressive and enlightened powers continue to feed the greatest global social failure of our age, by looking away and accepting the unacceptable.  Davbid Rathkopf

How can we fail to remember how much Jesus cared for the spiritual and physical welfare of women.  How we forget his tender concern for Mary Magdalene at the tomb?  Woman, why are you crying?