How to be a Light in the Darkness of Trafficking

It is a dark and difficult subject to talk about. It is also one of the most imperative subjects the church must deeply discuss. That is, the subject of human trafficking. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation . . .

Human trafficking, believed to be the third-largest criminal activity in the world, is a form of human slavery which . . . includes forced labor, domestic servitude, and commercial sex trafficking.

It involves both U.S. citizens and foreigners alike, and has no demographic restrictions. Here in this country, people are being bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves.

They are typically beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or to take jobs as migrant, domestic, restaurant, or factory workers with little or no pay.

Over the past decade, human trafficking has been identified as a heinous crime which exploits the most vulnerable in society.1Federal Bureau of Investigation, “Human Trafficking/Involuntary Servitude,” https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/civil-rights/human-trafficking, accessed Aug. 2, 2017.

Through her ministry, Wellspring International, Naomi Zacharias is dedicated to helping those caught in the mire of human trafficking.

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Interview Questions

  1. How is the Red Light District in Amsterdam reminiscent of 18th century slave auctions?
  2. How large is the human trafficking issue?
  3. How does the devaluing of women lead to modern-day barbaric practices?
  4. In what ways can the church be more accepting of people with difficult pasts?
  5. Explain how your golden retriever taught you a lesson on God’s grace.
  6. How do people accidently fall into being trafficked?
  7. Describe the work that Wellspring International does around the world.
  8. What can the church do to rescue victims of the trafficking industry?
  9. How can people partner with the work you do at Wellspring International?

Let Me Hear from You

Christ came to earth so that all who believe in Him as their Savior are given life in abundance. However, we live in a world saturated with sin—a world where people are enslaved in horrid darkness.

As Christians, we are called to bring light into these dark places. I can’t think of a darker place than the slave and sex trafficking industry. With intentional passion and efforts, Wellspring International is ready and willing to come alongside you and your church by offering to

  • Rescue
  • Rehabilitate
  • Restore
  • Support

Support for reentry for those in slavery is greatly needed. Please be part of the solution by getting involved in the rescuing and rehabilitating process. You could be Jesus to someone desperately longing for help and hope. Let nothing hold us back from this eternal work.

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About Naomi Zacharias

Naomi Zacharias was graduated from Wheaton College with a BA in Business/Economics. After working in sales for Coca-Cola, she joined the staff of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM). She accepted a fulltime internship in the Office of Public Liaison at the White House and returned to RZIM to help launch Wellspring International, an initiative devoted to providing financial grants to international efforts working with at-risk women and children. Naomi has visited with women in red-light districts across Europe and Asia; foster homes for children affected by HIV/AIDS throughout Asia and Africa; displacement camps in Uganda; areas of the Middle East offering aid to Iraqi refugees; areas devastated by natural disaster; and international shelters for victims of human trafficking and domestic violence.

In 2004, Naomi authored a chapter on women and education in Zealous Love: A Practical Guide to Social Justice. In Real Women, Real Faith (DVD Volumes 1 &2), Naomi is one of six speakers leading sessions on Old and New Testament Female Bible characters. Her first book, The Scent of Water: Grace for Every Kind of Broken, was released in 2011. She has also contributed two essays included in the recently released NIV Bible for Women: Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World in 2015.

Naomi and her husband, Drew, currently reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

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1. Federal Bureau of Investigation, “Human Trafficking/Involuntary Servitude,” https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/civil-rights/human-trafficking, accessed Aug. 2, 2017.
  • Debbie Kay

    What a great, helpful, informative interview Colleen! I’m so impressed with Naomi. I had no idea RZIM had this sort of outreach. Will be sharing! Blessings, hugs and love to you