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Words and Actions Matter

Words and Actions Matter

Little girls do not grow up wanting to be prostitutes. And yet, that is what we call them. Please don’t use that label. Say they are trafficked or prostituted, but if you don’t know their story, don’t define them. In 17 years of working with prostituted women,...

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Love and Truth in the Flesh

Love and Truth in the Flesh

To those who joined in the journey, when I issued the challenge below at our 2018 Scarlet Cord gala, and to those who’ve joined us since, thank you. Together, we’ve been Love and Truth in the flesh to people crying out to God for someone to see them. Together, we’ve...

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Scars

Scars

She showed me her scars.  The physical ones you could see on the surface anyway.  Others became apparent as we talked.  I could see them, even if she couldn’t.

The evidence showed this was no made-up story she’d told me about a terrible accident, being patched back together and having to learn to walk again.

It wasn’t the first story I’d heard like that, and it wouldn’t be the last.

Her pain was her vulnerability.  Traffickers prey on vulnerabilities.

She’d been prescribed opioids to manage the pain, to help her heal. Her will and tenacity helped her stand again, and the drugs knocked her back down.

Instead of healing, too much of this medicine did harm.  Grave harm. Maybe even wrecked her life more than the accident.

She became addicted to the pain meds.  The street version was cheaper…

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