by James Colten
Excerpted from a Sojourners’ interview with author of “God in a Brothel,” Daniel Walker
JC: From my experience, it seems that battling human trafficking has been women dominated, caring for victims, etc. How do you get men excited about this kind of work?
DW: You tell them that they are bearers of the most wild, dangerous, untamed force for good in the world — that they are made in God’s image as defenders and protectors. And that’s their God given mandate as a man to be a defender and protector of vulnerable women and children. That’s why men love the war movies, we do the stories we tell the activities we enjoy. We’re called to risk and to be dangerous. I’ve found universally that everywhere I speak men get excited about the fact that they are suddenly being engaged and suddenly invited to participate in something that is larger than them. It’s going to demand all of them. It’s fighting an evil that is far bigger than them. That will defeat them if they try and conquer it alone, but will require to work as part of an army. And so it also excites men because they are tired of the imitations — and a lot of men I think are engaged in porn and the other imitations of real pleasure and real adventure because the church has failed to invite them to be dangerous and to follow Aslan, the roaring lion, into a world where women and children are so desperate for them to show up. And universally I’ve found that when I talk about the need for someone to show up and men with all kinds of skills — everything from investigators, FBI agents to builders, plumbers, street sweepers — they know in their heart of hearts that little girls and little boys and women should not be sold. And they get a fire in their belly and they want to sign up to do something about it. And I think we emasculate men when they come to church and ask them to solely participate in feminine activities like singing (well, not solely feminine) well, largely feminine, like sharing and intimacy. And the only roll we invite them to fulfill is to be an usher or an elder. And we’re not inviting them to follow the roaring lion who is righteous but is also just.
- 30 million people are enslaved around the world
- It’s a $32 billion industry per year
- 2 million children are enslaved in the sex trafficking industry
- 100,000 of these children are living right here, in the United States