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Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land. 2 When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and raped her. 3 His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob; he loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her. 4 And Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Get me this girl as my wife.” Genesis 34:1-4

For the next few days, we’ll be diving into some topics that are uncomfortable but current. It was as if the words in the Bible were written in 2019.

Shechem, a powerful and influential man, raped Jacob’s daughter and then wanted her to be his wife.

Throughout the centuries, wealthy and powerful men have been abusing, degrading, and humiliating girls and women. Not all wealthy men do this, of course, and certainly not all men.

This happens in every culture and in every generation.

Take a look at even the old black and white movies, and women were the subject of scorn and humiliation through the golden years of television.

Recently, however, a convicted pedophile and sex trafficker committed suicide before he was able to give up the names of hundreds and possibly thousands of people associated with him in his perverse ways.

Women, and young girls and boys were bought and sold like cattle and repeatedly abused nightly for years. What we’re seeing in the news is merely the tip of the iceberg unfortunately.

We live in a society that has commercialized the sex slave trade. Boys and girls in your community – in your zip code – are being bought and sold for sex.

We can no longer turn a blind eye to what is happening today, tonight, in your town. The fact that the media and women’s groups (for the most part) refuses to cover these horrific stories tells us much more about them and their involvement than anything else.

If you’re reading this, it’s not an accident. Perhaps you’ve not heard these stories before. Perhaps you had no idea this is going on right in our cities.

The question today is, what will you do with this information? I’ll be the first to admit, it’s tough reading and hearing about it. In fact, there’s a movie out that details the sex trade that I simply cannot watch because it’s brutally honest. However, I’m convinced I need to do something.

How about you?

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