In Haiti: “Young girls are ripe for the worst you can imagine.”

In Port-au-Prince, amidst the rubble and human heartache, the darkest manifestation of human depravity is rearing its ugly head. Sex-traffickers, finding easy prey among Haiti’s homeless youth, are seizing the opportunity to capitalize on the hopelessness so many of that nation’s young people now face.

Mark Driscoll witnessed such an incident first hand during his recent trip to the devastated capital. He talked about his experience in an interview with USA Today.

We were downtown loading up our film crew. There were no police, no medics, to be seen by a huge park with hundreds of people camping out with no where else to go. There was a little cart with a red umbrella and a man selling cell phones and cigarettes — and a few young girls.

“You want to buy loving?” the guy asked me. I said, “What in the world are you talking about?”

But there was another guy there, who claimed to be a translator for a relief agency, who was negotiating a price for a girl. I asked him what he was trying to do. He said, “Oh, she’s a friend of mine. We’re just trying to connect.”

That’s ridiculous. A young girl. A man 20 or 30 years older. I told him this was unacceptable. MacDonald confronted him, too. But there were no police and you could argue all you wanted but the girl took his money and they walked away.”

It is estimated that an average of 250,000 children are trafficked (for slave labor or the sex trade) in Haiti. The largest contributing factors to human slavery are poverty and vulnerability.  Haiti was an impoverished nation long before an earthquake decimated its capital city leaving millions homeless, and the resulting chaos and disorder has left many young people even more vulnerable to those who would seek to take advantage of them.

As you continue to pray for the peace and stability of Haiti, don’t forget to include those children who are in real danger of being exploited in the wake of this tragedy. Also pray for, and support, those agencies and ministries – such as World Vision – that are working to end human-trafficking.

If anyone knows of any agencies working to end human-trafficking in Haiti, please feel free to post links in the comments.

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4 thoughts on “In Haiti: “Young girls are ripe for the worst you can imagine.”

  1. I can’t imagine, even as a follower of Jesus, having the composure to not physically go after the guy.
    The dad part of me just thinks of defending my daughter and it makes me want to hunt that man down.
    Jesus come soon and redeem all of this…and us.

  2. I have to be honest. Mark’s “cool status” took a slight hit when I didn’t hear any stories about how he mauled this guy to death like a wounded antelope. He’s a capable dude. Even Samson had to pick up a jawbone once in awhile … ya know?

  3. Hey Bro! I’ve been following some of Mark Driscoll’s visit in Haiti. Unbelievable and incredibly powerful time there. I would love to be at Mars Hill this weekend to hear his teaching!

    Friends of mine (Dan & Julie Clark) are involved with doma international (http://domaconnection.org) that is working through “Human Trafficking Prevention Month”. I HIGHLY recommend you checking them out as they are heavily involved in the prevention of this horrible situation!

  4. I checked out IJM (International Justice MIssion, where Joe Jordano works) to see if they have any operations going on in Haiti but don’t. Right now they report having “ongoing operations in Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, India, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras and Peru.” Maybe the awareness of the situation in Haiti will bring IJM to there, too!

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