Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Last week, I had the great privilege of having my eyes opened to the severity of human trafficking within the United States. I was shocked to learn that Portland is a hub for human trafficking in the US, and that little is being done within the state of Oregon to address this growing and horrifying issue. There are plenty of reasons for this, none of which can be blamed on any single person, group, or party. However, what little work that has been done is indeed effective, and therefore must continue.
Playground is a documentary by Libby Spears, whose efforts against human trafficking around the world have been incomparable. I personally felt that the film was a bit scattered, but the gravity of the facts-- regardless of how it is presented-- is undeniable.
In my short time there, I've come to have an appreciation for Portland and all the beauty that surrounds it. I've learned how passionately Portlanders truly love their city, and it is unfortunate to see that the ugliness of this global issue is happening right under our noses.
All this being said, I know that there is hope for this issue and for the people caught in human trafficking. I pray for the strength to be one of the brave to fight it.