The question I pose may be an affront to you, or at least you might consider it inappropriate, but the answer is critical. To those of us who are Christian, a girl is worth an infinite amount, because we believe that all people are created in the image of God. However, there are those who undoubtedly answer this by saying, “who cares?”
The “who cares?” answer denigrates the value of women and girls, and fundamentally gives rise to things like prostitution and human trafficking.
Human trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others. It represents one of the darkest, most deplorable aspects of our fallen world. Fortunately, North Dakota has strong laws in place to prevent it and to punish those engaged in human trafficking. However, you and I know that if there is the potential for huge illegal monetary gain, an industry – illegal drug trafficking for example – will be created to supply that demand, regardless of laws.
I’ve often heard people state that human trafficking is a big problem in places such as the Bakken. While it is a problem there, let me fill you in on a secret: human trafficking is foremost a problem concentrated in urban areas around the state. If you think about it, it makes sense. Urban areas often place less importance on family values in line with yours and mine, and all other things held constant, the demand for trafficked girls is going to be proportionate to the number of people in an area.
So, what can you do to help stop human trafficking in our state? We need to be aware that this is happening right here in North Dakota – it is often too easy to assume this is a problem that happens somewhere else. We need to talk about it and raise the awareness of this awful crime. In the meantime, please pray for these young girls and women. They are vulnerable and need our Heavenly Father to help them escape this destructive practice.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it well. Psalm 139:14
President and Executive Director
P.S. Remember that we will be hosting our Annual Fargo Dessert Banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn on April 10. We still have seats available, so please join us for an exciting evening and learn about the many ways you can help us preserve biblical values in North Dakota. Space is limited and advance reservations are required, so RSVP online or call 701.219.0948 to reserve your seat(s). We look forward to seeing you there!