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Behind The Bliss

By Jyselle

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Imagine a world without slavery.

Hard to imagine isn’t it? That’s because it’s hard to imagine the absence of something which you rarely see in the first place. It’s hidden, behind closed doors, in dark rooms, no one sees it—yet it’s the third largest international crime industry. I first saw this crime in Thailand, but it is everywhere.

Human Trafficking : the illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation.

Stolen. Kidnapped. Taken. She is stripped naked everyday to have sex with men, just to survive—this is a horrible existence. The lie is that she chooses this life—she certainly does not. No one would choose a life of rape. She is sold the lie that she has no other choice, worse yet she is physically stolen, kidnapped, taken across borders to foreign lands and forced into a life of rape.

Ignorance is not bliss—it is weak, and it is wrong. When we see something that is not right, we are called to do something. When we tap into God’s plan for this world and the part we play in it, we can do unimaginably powerful things in His strength.

She was created for more than being stripped down day in and day out. Once upon a time she was afraid of the dark, but now it’s the light that she fears. When they turn on the lights, she closes her eyes to bring back the darkness. Her body is no longer her own. They pay for her, they own her. They look at her, they touch her, they control her. They do whatever they like for as long as they like. A life of rape.

Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was for me—you did it to me’—Matthew 25:40 {The Message}

Photography by Ryan Wheatley. Styling by Rebecca Amoroso.

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2 Thoughts to Behind The Bliss

  1. Leesa Reply May 7, 2015 at 11:43 am

    You are so right, ignorance is NOT bliss, it is weak and it is destructive.
    As Desmond Tutu famously said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you choose the side of the oppressor”.
    If only there was more that we could do? Where do we start?

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    • Jyselle Reply May 15, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      That’s exactly right Leesa. Neutral is weak. There is always something we can do though, as small or insignificant it might seem, it will amount to big things. In our weakness, Gods strength is made perfect. It means that all we have to do is be willing and He will do amazing things through us. Your heart is beautiful.. You’re here to do incredible things. xo

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