I had a lump in my throat and sweat in my eyes.

This morning, I sat listening to these facts…

  • 1.2 million children around the world are taken for child trafficking for the purpose of exploitation, prostitution and servitude.
  • 1 out of 10 are Filipino children.
  • Every 12 minutes, a Filipino is trafficked.
  • $31.6 Billion dollar ‘business.’

Called To Rescue, a non profit organization launched it’s efforts to go into all out war against child trafficking this morning at Victory Ortigas Center.

Dr. Cyndi Romine explained what the problem was and what needed to be done.

Cecille Obando related what we can do.

1. Stop being a by-stander.
2. Stop blaming the victims.
It’s not their fault.  They ARE the victims.  The bad guys are the bad guys.
3. Stop patronizing the traffickers.
Not doing anything is just as bad as patronizing them.
4. Stop blaming poverty.
It has become the excuse why we accept certain things.  What was unacceptable has become acceptable.
Common and normal are NOT synonyms.  Just because it’s common, it doesn’t mean it’s normal.
5. Stop avoiding the problem.

Something has to be done.

But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea. (Matthew 18:6)

(with Dr. Cyndi Romine (President), Rina Filart (Director), Bishop Ef Tendero (PCEC Gen. Sec.), & friends from the Body of Christ)

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