The Toyota Center did not exist, as it does today, and the big draws to that side of town were the former theme park, Astroworld, and the Astrodome.
Many conventions were booked at hotels in the area and held at the Astrodome, as well as, of course, high traffic to the games of the Texas Rangers and the former Houston Oilers.
There were four main entrances to the Dome and one of them was from the road named as such, Main Street. It was a well known hangout for “ladies of the evening” to congregate on the medians and sidewalks near the dome and corners around the less expensive hotel properties, as there was a high traffic of overnight visitors to this area.
One late afternoon, my husband and I were driving in his truck when we pulled up to a red light. I remember as we slowed to a stop, a young lady seemed to be moving in our direction. She did not completely approach the driver’s window, but was certainly vying for attention. I can still see her in my mind as she moved her hands up under her tubetop in some effort to give invitation to the approaching traffic.
It didn’t seem to bother her that my husband wasn’t alone and that I sat next to him in the front of the truck. She continued to motion for his attention. And, we joked and kidded, mostly because it was awkward and odd.
But then I was struck silent when the truck came to a full stop. I came face to face, gazing into her eyes as she stopped, looked into my eyes and turned to go. I had seen her; the real her. Even through all of that makeup, I could tell that she couldn’t have been more than 14 years old.
I never would have guessed.
And now, years have passed, and as I turn to the left and to the right God seems to place her back in my view.
Only this time she is every girl that is a victim of what is now known as human trafficking. She is on my mind again.
I thought we all grew up in the schools of America and learned that slavery was only in our History class and printed in books. I mean the slavery of the days before the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, and the 13th Amendment.
I learned that slavery, at least here in our United States of America, was abolished!
But I read statistics, which cannot even be fully accounted due to the illegal nature of this travesty, that over 17,000 victims are trafficked in the US annually and approximately 33% of those are Americans? (A21.org)
We MUST find a way to stop this.
We MUST care for our children, these victims, God’s people.
And finally, I am broken when I read the statistic that here in our United States, we have over 3,500 registered rescue animal shelters.
But for these human victims that are rescued…
this tragic child, victim, slave that has suffered as no human should…
we have reserved for them only 50 beds to rest, if and, when they are rescued.
How can we care so much more for animal rights than those of humans?
I have two daughters. Two beautiful, healthy daughters whom I would fight to the death to protect. What if it were one of them?
What if it were your child?
Lord, God in Heaven,
I plead with You,
Break our hearts for these victims.
Spread this news.
Tell the citizens of our country that we are losing this fight and evil is stealing our children.
Touch their hearts, heal us.
Please, Lord God,
Bring us together in the fight against this evil.
You are the Mighty Warrior and we are Your children ready for the battle.
Open our eyes. Give us wisdom and knowledge to fight this.
Grant us access to these children.
Bring them home and provide us with the funds to restore them.
Protect their hearts and minds so that they can hold on until they are home.
Bring them home.
In Jesus name, Amen.