I watched “12 Years a Slave” two nights ago with some friends and throughout the entire movie, I couldnt help but think “is the world really better off now?”
The sad reality is that slavery still happens now… With the same kind of violence. With the same amount of humiliation. With the same motive of exploiting people.
In the movie, the main character is a free black man who is kidnapped into slavery. He had a family and friends waiting for him back at home. He knew there were papers to prove his freedom. This, in my mind, made him better off than many of the slaves today. Why? Because he had hope to cling onto.
Thousands of girls (and boys) are exploited in the sex industry. But most of them come from families that neglected/abused them, were torn a part by drug addictions, or just straight up sold them. A lot of them also come from foster care that wasnt much better. The sad truth is that for a lot of them, there IS no one looking for them. There IS no home they can return to. For a lot of them, hope can be non-existent.
It breaks my heart that pimps and gangs seemed to have understood this already and are taking advantage of it….. But our society cant recognize it & choose to call them “hoes, sluts, prostitutes” instead.
Today, I’m incredibly thankful I can live with hope in my God who saves. Im also thankful His power covers more than just me - so I can have hope for the millions who are enslaved. I dont have to be overcome with sorrow because I know my God.