End Exploitation Now

The Second week of March 2015 was Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth Awareness Week. I don't know who came up with the name but I'm guessing if you asked them they'd likely explain to you how to build a watch. Despite the long name this week has been an important one for Langley Youth Unlimited.

Back in 2007 one of our youth, a 13 year old girl, was recruited into the sex trade by her boyfriend. Recruited is likely too nice a term. At first her new boyfriend was a knight in shining armor buying her lavish gifts. He got her experimenting with drugs and began isolating her from friends and family. All the while he learned how to emotionally and psychologically control her. Six months later, heavily addicted to crystal meth, he presented her with a bill for $10,000. Along with the bill was a "job offer". I remember when she ran away. I remember when, a few weeks later, her mom found naked Craigslist ads for her daughter. Eight years later and she's still a slave.

Jesus, son of David, have mercy.

It was this moment that led us to raising our voices - during this week we hosted our 4th Annual Awareness Event. In realizing that no one else was talking about it in Langley we offer free training seminars. It has been this expertise that has increased our legitimacy and opened many doors. It has been from this stage that we have been able to share that the Jesus we follow gives hope to the hopeless, honours the despised, and sets slaves free.

His kingdom come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

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