Monday, October 16, 2006

Breakthrough connection

So we met with a very reputable group here in Chiang Mai (I cannot give you the persons' names or their affiliation due to security issues). We spoke for a few hours and shared thoughts and visions. They told us to be very cautious about putting any of the victims names, locations, etc. in our blogs for the victims' personal safety.

They said something that struck a chord with me. They said of course we want to bring back tragic stories of children who have been victims of human trafficking, but at what cost? These victims have been in bondage and exploited all of their lives. For many of the vicims their story/testimony is the only piece of self-dignity they have left. So who are we to turn around and exploit them for their story?

In any case, it was an extremely encouraging meeting and we felt the energy charging on both ends of the room. From now on, we will use even more caution and discretion describing some of the places we've been to & some of the victims we encounter.

It really is a doube edged sword. You need heart-wrenching stories to stir the emotions of people... and the more details and specifics we give, the more powerful the impact. But at the same time it really jeopardizes the victims' safety - and that's something we will not do.

1 comment:

R.E.L.Tbp said...

exploit verb |ikĖˆsploit| [ trans. ] make full use of and derive benefit from (a resource) : 500 companies sprang up to exploit this new technology. • use (a situation or person) in an unfair or selfish way : the company was exploiting a legal loophole | accusations that he exploited a wealthy patient. • benefit unfairly from the work of (someone), typically by overworking or underpaying them : making money does not always mean exploiting others.

You are not out to exploit these children by their stories, you are trying to create an awareness and not seek glory in all that is done. You are not motivated by selfish ambition. Pray for clarity in all that you are doing.