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Against Slavery Then, Against Slavery Now

Warning: we’re about to get into PG-13 territory here. (That means if you’re under 13, read this with a parent.)

Everyone has had one of those uncomfortable moments when they have to discuss something they’d rather not think about, let alone verbalize. For me, this is one of those moments.

There’s a movie coming out for one night in the U.S. on May 16th. It’s called The Abolitionists, and it’s about the child sex slave trade.

I told you this was going to be uncomfortable.


Tim Ballard, the CEO of Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), the organization behind The Abolitionists, has made a career of rescuing child sex slaves. The Abolitionists shows his team’s story.

Now, I’m going to be honest: I don’t know yet if I’ll see the movie. This movie isn’t a work of fiction. It’s going to be disturbing, graphic, and tragically real.

It will also be inspiring.

If we’re going to be our best selves, you and I have to face evil, not hide from it—and the child sex slave trade is evil. I’m not casting blame on anyone’s ignorance, and I’m certainly not blaming the children who are victims. Whether I watch The Abolitionist or not, I’m glad it was made, for this reason: when enough good people find out about evil, when it’s dragged into the light of day, then good will overcome.

The goal of O.U.R. can be summed up best in their own words: “To the children: Hold on. We are on our way. To the captors and perpetrators: Be afraid. We are coming for you.”

I can support that.

If you feel like you can handle watching The Abolitionist, then please do so. If you can’t (and trust me, I understand!), that’s OK too. Regardless, you might try doing one or more of the following:

  • Buy out a theater. Quoting, “Share the movie with your friends, family, coworkers and community by buying out a theater. For a small price, you can reserve your own theater today. In addition, a portion of your purchase will go directly to rescue missions.”
  • Go see the movie.
  • Check out O.U.R.’s site for donation, volunteer, and event opportunities here.
  • And of course, if you’re the praying kind, pray. I know prayer works, and it’s something you and I can do right now.

Will just watching a movie save any children? Nope. It might inspire other good deeds, however, and that makes it worth sharing.

I hope, if I’d been born 200 years ago, that I would have been against slavery in any form. I’m certainly against slavery now.




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  1. Thanks for enlightening us about this movie. I was not aware of it until now. I will definitely go see it and will post a notice about it on my Facebook page. The child sex slave trade is hideous and thrives because it stays in the shadows. Only by bringing it out into the open where it makes good people uncomfortable will we ever make progress toward eradicating it.

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