I tweeted a thought a few days ago: “Consider: What do you have in common with a trafficking survivor? We are ALL broken. Don’t approach from a place of pity, but equality.”
I’ve been contemplating an attitude I see in the abolitionist movement that seems to regard PEOPLE who have been trafficked as a weak segment of society to be pitied and therefore somehow worthy of the charitable gestures of those PEOPLE who have not been trafficked.
It was a nagging irritation until 5 minutes ago when I read this tweet by a large, well-known abolition organization: “To be an abolitionist – to truly be in solidarity with the bottom rungs of society, is to act on their behalf.” It is a direct quote off of their website.
the bottom rungs of society???
Is that how this large, well-known abolition group sees people who have been trafficked?
Now my irritation level is considerably higher than mildly nagging. Just to make sure I was not taking things out of context or blowing this out of proportion, I went to the website and read the statement in context:
“To be an abolitionist, an activist, or an advocate – to truly be in solidarity with the bottom rungs of society, is to act on their behalf. It cannot be an exercise in passivity. With knowledge comes responsibility, with awareness comes a call. It is of course your choice how you respond.”
That’s the whole paragraph. And at the bottom of the page, the last statement reads:
“ACT ON BEHALF OF THE BOTTOM BILLION”
If you see people who are being trafficked as the “bottom rungs” of society, or if you see them as any less than equal to yourself in any way, then QUIT. Please, for the sake of all survivors, I beg you to QUIT the abolition movement. If you cannot approach this issue with an awareness of your own broken condition – of your own desperate need for rescue from your own darkness, then just go find somewhere else to pour your self-righteous pity out – preferably in a place that does not involve other human beings.
Here’s the thing. If that is how you see things, then you are looking for a way to empower yourself – not people who have been trafficked. The very definition of someone who has been trafficked is someone who has been USED to fulfill the need for another human being to empower themselves at the victim’s expense.
If you are in any way being empowered or gaining a greater view of yourself through your work with the abolition movement then you are re-victimizing trafficking survivors.
So, I’ll say it again. If that is you, PLEASE just QUIT. There is no room for your pride if true healing is going to happen for people.
Humility. Christ-likeness. The servant of all. Just………….go read the BIBLE!