A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore. Further along he sees an old man, walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean.
“Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?,” he asks.
“Because the sun is up and the tide is going out and if I don’t throw them further in they will die.”
“But, old man, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it! You can’t possibly save them all, you can’t even save one-tenth of them. In fact, even if you work all day, your efforts won’t make any difference at all.” The old man listened calmly and then bent down to pick up another starfish and threw it into the sea.
“It made a difference to that one.”
Did you know that there are an estimated two million children around the world who are victims of sex trafficking? Did you know that it is the 3rd most lucrative crime in the world? Did you know that every 30 seconds, another child is forced into sexual slavery?
When the makers of the movie “The Abolitionists” and founders of the organization “Operation Underground Railroad” approached Robin Roberts of Good Morning America about bringing this horrific problem to light, she said, “That’s a strong cup of coffee so early in the morning.”
It’s a strong cup of coffee any time of the day. You might not even like reading this. You might not like thinking about it. I know I don’t. But I can’t pretend it doesn’t exist. This is even happening in the United States.
Before being able to watch an advanced screening of the movie “The Abolitionists,” I had heard of Operation Underground Railroad. But I never imagined I could do anything to help these poor children. After watching the movie, I know I was wrong. I can be like that man throwing starfish into the ocean. I can support this cause so that more rescue operations can be undertaken to save these children.
So far, Operation Underground Railroad has made a difference for 521 children in the past two years. The children have been freed and sent to loving places where they can be cared for and treated for the trauma they have faced. 161 traffickers have been arrested. THAT’S making a difference.
Will you make a difference?
Here’s how you can help. Go see “The Abolitionists” on Monday, May 16th, 2016. If you don’t want to see the movie, just buy a ticket to support the cause and give the message to Hollywood that they need to release this movie nation-wide in as many theaters as possible. (The movie is rated PG-13 and is not graphic. Click here to read my review of “The Abolitionists.”)
If it is past May 16th, 2016, you can donate directly on the Operation Underground Railroad site. Each rescue mission costs about $50,000, so every penny is needed and greatly appreciated.
Watch the trailer below.
Ten percent of the net proceeds of this blog are donated to Operation Underground Railroad. To find out more and make a direct donation, please visit https://ourrescue.org/