David Curry, President of Open Doors USA, an international Christian organization that advocates for persecuted Christians around the globe, shares the same sentiment. He told Fox News: “Instability is growing because of the failure of western governments, including the US government, to forcefully identify the clear and present danger Boko Haram is to a peaceful Nigeria.”
Thankfully, the Senate passed a bipartisan resolution on Tuesday calling for the safe return of the kidnapped Nigerian girls.Furthermore, President Obama has assured the Nigerian people that the U.S. is going “to do everything we can to recover these young ladies”.
At the White House press conference on Tuesday, White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters that the U.S. is sending a team of U.S. military and law enforcement personnel skilled in intelligence, investigations, hostage negotiating, information sharing and victim assistance to aid in the rescue attempt.
But time is running out to save these girls, who may soon become human trafficking victims if the rescue operation proves unsuccessful.
Human trafficking continues to be a major issue not only in Africa, but in the rest of the world as well. According to estimates from United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), over1.2 million children worldwide become human trafficking victims every year. Abducted from their families and communities, millions of children are sold as sex slaves in foreign countries as human trafficking operation networksinclude “immigration, customs, police, army and even foreign embassies”. Oftentimes, these children contract various diseases, such as AIDS, and go without food for days. Many die or are killed at a very young age.
Human trafficking isn’t limited to nations outside of the U.S.—ithappens right here in America. Human trafficking has been uncovered in multiple venues including “residential brothels, hostess clubs, online escort services, fake massage businesses, strip clubs, and street prostitution” all across the country. In fact, every year the Super Bowl becomes the single largest occurrence of human trafficking in the U.S.
The abomination that is human trafficking must end. Terrorist groups, like Boko Haram in Nigeria, must be brought to justice. The Nigerian government and the U.S. have clearly not done enough to curtail the amount of kidnappings and human trafficking conducted in Nigeria or in America.
The White House’s decision to aid the Nigerian government in its rescue operation is an encouraging first step to fight human trafficking. Let’s pray we’re not too late.