Today, February 1st, is National Freedom Day. This is the day that we celebrate President Abraham Lincoln signing a joint resolution of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, which would end slavery in the U.S.
Yet slavery still remains all over the world, hidden and in places you wouldn’t think. There are different types of slavery, but today I want to bring attention to the horrific reality of children enslaved in sex trafficking-and an organization that is doing something about it.
About 2 million children are exploited every year worldwide in the commercial sex trade.
Today, I want to highlight an organization called Remember Nhu, which seeks to prevent child sex trafficking. I first heard about them because their founder is local to my area. I’ve fallen in love with the work they do & how they keep Christ at the center of their mission.
- They run homes for children, taking them out of situations that put them at-risk for being sold into sex slavery & placing them in homes with loving, nurturing house parents from their own country. Currently they are running 70 homes in 12 countries, and hoping to expand!
- They have opportunities to sponsor a child (different levels of sponsorship for different budgets), which helps to cover basic expenses and more. Sponsors also act as a sort of spiritual parent and cover their sponsored child(ren) in prayer.
- They provide education, and eventually vocational training. This gives the children/young adults marketable skills which can ensure they stay out of the sex trade and are not exploited with other types of labor.
- One of my favorite parts of their story? The founder’s heart was stirred upon hearing the story of a young girl named Nhu, who had been sold to an older man. She was sold twice, the first time at age 12. Remember Nhu’s founder took six trips to Cambodia, and was finally able to meet Nhu! Nhu is now a grown woman, and last year was happily married! The founder walked her down the aisle.
Are you ready to help with this great mission? Head over to their website to learn more! You can also simply donate. Let’s cover these sweet children & all who work with them in prayer today & every day! Do not forget to pray for victims of human trafficking; it’s more prevalent than you might think!