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How Big Is the Industry Sexually Exploiting Children?

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I know you don’t want to think about it. I do not want to think about it. But reality is staring straight at us. The recent revelations on the human trafficking of children have been so numerous it is as if the voices of these children are crying out for relief at an ever-increasing volume. I beg of you; we cannot ignore them any longer.

The United States Department of Health estimates that approximately 27.6 million people were human trafficked in 2021. Of those, 6.3 million were forced into sexual exploitation. A staggering 1.7 million children (about half of all children trafficked) are forced into commercial sexual exploitation. Those numbers alone are devastating.

But the numbers are also faceless. In a sense, they are dehumanizing because it is hard to relate to simple numbers. That’s where the new movie phenomenon, The Sound of Freedom, has been so helpful. It puts a face on and helps us connect with the victims and the noble efforts of so many, such as former federal agent Tim Ballard, portrayed in the movie by Jim Caviezel. The reality hits deep inside as you watch the movie. It is a must-see. (I won’t spoil it for you).

But the reaction to the movie by the “mainstream media” suggests the problem is much bigger than the numbers would tell, especially in America…

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