cambodia

Her bright blue glasses were the first thing that caught my eye. She was fast; running circles around anyone and everyone. She was beautiful; tan skin and shiny black hair. She was a daughter. A sister. A child. Unfortunately, she was a little girl who saw and experienced a very dark side of this world at a very young age. She has been a victim of sex trafficking. But having been rescued; safe at a rescue home she finally had hope. She was surrounded by love, cherished for who she was; a beautiful girl with bright blue glasses.

Each and every child we came to know in Cambodia had a story. Many completely heart-wrenching. Our first drive through the busy, neon-lit streets sent our minds into a whirlwind of accusations and assumptions. Wondering who played a part in this horrific industry we have come to know as human trafficking.

While looking back through pages of journal entries I had written during my time there, my eyes were drawn to a phrase I had written down twice. Two different pages but the same entry…“I want the truth to penetrate my heart.”

The truth is that human trafficking is real. It is a problem that cannot and will not fix itself. We assisted In His Steps International (IHSI) with a human trafficking awareness seminar one of our last days in Cambodia. We walked the streets of a local village inviting the people to come. Every chair was filled. Every eye watching. Every ear listening to examples of lies that they were all too familiar with. These men would come by their homes and offer a better life for their daughters: an education, a future, hope. They had no idea that this was a trap and that their daughters would actually be sold into slavery. At the end of the seminar multiple women came up to us crying, “The men came yesterday and took our daughters. Please, help us get them back.”

The truth is human trafficking is real. The truth is that God calls us to live big, life-changing lives. This life of mine isn’t about me. My joy comes from knowing that the Lord uses this goofy girl to love Hid people; the people that are so often overlooked by the world. The truth is that the time I spend on others in important. It’s life-changing. It’s life giving. Whether I am walking the streets of Cambodia with children pulling on my hands or sharing the truth of human trafficking with the people I work beside, it is all important. It is al worth it. The girl with bright blue glasses depends on the help that people like me can give her even is she is halfway around the world.

The truth is someone has to fight. The truth is that someone is me. The truth is that someone is YOU.

-Jennifer Williams
Fight for THEM volunteer