But I fear that Kristof, as he tries to find solutions for these girls and thousands of others like them, is too limited in his worldview. Confronted with the self-destructive tendencies of human nature?watching children even younger than Srey Mom escape from shelters and head back to the brothels from which they were rescued?Kristof feels frustrated and helpless. We all know the feeling. But the Christian worldview of many aid workers gives them hope that these young victims can be changed from the inside out. Kristof?s secular view offers no such transforming hope. When better education and job opportunities fail to help some girls, he doesn?t know where else to turn.
Now, Christians should not do humanitarian work solely to ?proselytize,? as some have accused us of doing. But I am saying that Christians bring something to this work that secularists can?t?a promise that the broken can be made whole. I understand why Kristof is frustrated, but I am praying that, as he visits the oppressed, he will see the one hope for them and for all of us.
For further reading:
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Nicholas Kristof, ?Cambodia, Where Sex Traffickers Are King,? 15 January 2005, ?Leaving the Brothel Behind,? New York Times, 19 January 2005, ?Back to the Brothel,? New York Times, 22 January 2005, ?After the Brothel,? 26 January 2005, ?Sex Slaves? Lock Up the Pimps,? 29 January 2005, and ?Stopping the Traffickers,? 31 January 2005. (Archived articles cost $2.95 to retrieve.)
See Nicholas Kristof?s multimedia presentations on ?Freeing Sex Slaves.?
Read the background information on Nicholas Kristof?s project here.
?Children for Sale,? Dateline NBC, 9 January 2005.
Learn more about American Assistance for Cambodia at the Cambodia Schools website.
International Justice Mission is a Christ-centered group that helps sex trafficking victims and other victims of oppression.
Rich Lowry, ?Miller?s Mission,? National Review Online, 24 January 2005.
Deann Alford, ?Sex Slaves? Slow Freedom,? Christianity Today, February 2005.
BreakPoint Commentary No. 050126, ?The Evil That Men Do: A New Perspective on an Old Question.?
BreakPoint Commentary No. 040802, ?An Evil We Can?t Ignore: Human Trafficking.?
BreakPoint Commentary No. 020604, ?Earning a Second Look: The New Christian Internationalism.?
BreakPoint Commentary No. 041217, ?What We?re About: Freeing God?s Children.?
BreakPoint Commentary No. 031205, ?The First and Only Abolitionists: Christianity and Slavery.?
Allen Hertzke, Freeing God?s Children (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004).
Gary Haugen, The Good News about Injustice (InterVarsity, 1999).
Preston Jones, ?We?re Still Supporting Slavery,? Christianity Today, 28 September 2004. Dr. Jones also wrote about sex trafficking and the U.S. military for the January/February 2005 issue of BreakPoint WorldView magazine (subscribe by calling 1-877-322-5527).