Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery
by Dina Sleiman
Okay, so I guess today won’t be one of those light posts. Week after week we look at current events. Some comical, some light, and some serious. When we examine our current events, we must remember that today we are making the history of tomorrow.
I thought I understood this subject, held a general awareness. I had seen it on the news and even watched a dramatized mini-series. But it wasn’t until I read a novel by bold and brave author Kathi Macias that I fully awakened to this issue and saw the extent of the problem.
Many of you are probably thinking about now, “But I read for pleasure, for escape.” Well, that’s nice and all, but once in a while, we need a wake up call. It wasn’t until I followed this issue through an entire novel and lived with the characters for several days that I actually “got it” on the heart level that I needed to get it.
There is an entire group within society, yes sadly enough even here in America, that have been completely and utterly dehumanized for the momentary pleasures of perverse men. Children who’ve been locked away, rendered nothing better than sex toys and punching bags until they give up and die. Yes, you need to hear this! Don’t look away. This is exactly who Jesus meant by the least of these. And while this atrocity is hidden in areas of town we might never visit, we need to care. We can’t just do nothing. We need to be aware and help in whatever small way we can.
Kathi brings us into this world in Deliver Us From Evil. But she does it with the seasoned grace of an experienced Christian author. She exposes the emotional horrors without dragging us through the mud with all the gritty details. And she gives us breaks from the intensity by bringing in a normal Christian family struggling with how to get involved and help. In an odd way, I truly enjoyed getting to know Mara and her life of slavery. Why? Because I needed to. Because somehow she held on to a shred of her humanity and never gave up.
I was incredibly moved by this book. Was it a hard read? Yes. But an incredibly important read. I needed to meet these people and understand their plights. And I will tell you that the end is emotionally satisfying. In fact, I thought I would read book one of the series and that would be enough. But now I need to know what happens to these characters next and will definitely follow them until the end. If you read one serious book this year in order to read and to grow, please make it Deliver Me from Evil.
We don’t want history to look back on us as the generation that let this injustice thrive and simply didn’t care.
What hard books have you read that have truly touched your heart? Do you have any thoughts to share on the subject of human trafficking? What are you doing to make a difference in your world?
Dina Sleiman writes lyrical stories that dance with light. Most of the time you will find this Virginia Beach resident reading, biking, dancing, or hanging out with her husband and three children, preferably at the oceanfront. Since finishing her Professional Writing MA in 1994, she has enjoyed many opportunities to teach literature, writing, and the arts. She was the Overall Winner in the 2009 Touched by Love contest for unpublished authors. Her first novel, Dance of the Dandelion with Whitefire Publishing has just released. She has recently become an acquisitions editor for WhiteFire as well. Join her as she discovers the unforced rhythms of grace. For more info visit her at http://dinasleiman.com/