Last month we got together with a group of friends and watched Priceless. After the movie ended, we sat in silence for awhile trying to comprehend it all. What followed was a discussion of sex trafficking and what could be done to stop it. Since then, we’ve been sharing articles and resources on the subject.
Each day I receive press releases from publishers, publicists, authors, and filmmakers letting me know about their books and movies. I often skim through them, unable to respond to them all. But one caught my eye. The Least of These; One Man’s Remarkable Journey in the Fight Against Child Trafficking. It’s not a book that would usually be in my wheelhouse, but after our movie night and discussion, I felt I should at least check this one out.
I didn’t have high hopes. I’m not a big fan of issues books, but when I got it in the mail, the cover intrigued me. It’s a beautifully illustrated cover of legs and feet. Not your usual cover.
I started reading and was immediately drawn in. I didn’t know what to think about the opening scene that takes place in a red light brothel in India. It was shocking and intense. But author Jeff Brodsky doesn’t keep us there. He backtracks and explains his childhood and what led him to being at the brothel. He shares about being a clown and making people laugh. It’s easy-going and light hearted. Then he takes us back to his fight to rescue children caught in sex trafficking.
At first he focuses on his international efforts. He takes us to the Philippines and India, to unspeakable settings, and explains the expense and trouble it takes to rescue just one young girl. It’s disturbing, but not nearly as disturbing as what comes next, explaining the sex trafficking grooming process that takes place in the US, in schools and church youth groups. It hit way too close to home for my comfort level. I immediately began wondering when and where it’s going on and I’m not even aware.
Dr. Brodsky closes the book by talking about what we can do to make a difference. One of these is to host a Barefoot Mile to raise money for rescues.
It’s so easy for us to close our eyes and pretend like sex trafficking isn’t really a problem, that it doesn’t affect us, that there’s nothing we can do. Unfortunately, pretending like it doesn’t exist doesn’t make it go away.
If you’d like to help make a difference, I’d encourage you to get a copy of The Least of These and consider sponsoring a Barefoot Mile.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed are my own.