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Red Pill or Blue Pill?

January 17, 2018

Do you really want to know?

One of the questions that I get a lot from friends and family is what we are doing living in a developing country. I usually say that we are working with underprivileged children and orphanages here in the country. Often times people want to know more and I give them a little more detail. Sometimes I don’t want to give people too much information because I almost don’t want them to have to take the red pill. Allow me to explain what I mean.

Quite a few years ago I read a book that my wife encouraged me to read called “The Road to Lost Innocence.” It was a book about a woman that had been sold into sex slavery, her experiences as a sex slave, and her escape and work helping others that are prey to the same vile industry.

 

Before reading that book, I didn’t really know about sex trafficking. I guess I was pretty innocent and ignorant about the horrible topic. Even after finishing the book I ignorantly thought that sex trafficking was something that happened in Cambodia and maybe a few other parts of Asia. Marisa and I set up some donations to the organization that the author runs and although what I read in the book stayed with me, I didn’t really think about the topic much.


A few years later we started to hear about a group called Operation Underground Railroad that rescues sex slaves. We started donating to the group and learning more about their mission. They were doing rescues all over the world. The reality of the horror of these children that do not have a voice or a way to be rescued became more of a reality. I still don’t think I understood how prevalent sex trafficking is.

 

We continued to donate to Operation Underground Railroad and then Marisa met the director for Operation Underground Railroad Aftercare in Ecuador while she was on a  humanitarian trip. Marisa told her how much we love her organization and asked her what we could do to help. The director told us that we could go live in a developing country for a year and help her with Aftercare. While the offer initially shocked us, we felt really good about it and decided to accept the offer to volunteer.


We started to get some training on what we would be doing. We were also asked to read some books, one of which is “God in a Brothel.” My eyes were opened a little more to the world of sex trafficking but I was soon to find that reading about something, and seeing it, were two different things.

We visited the country to visit where we were going to work and see some of the Aftercare facilities with O.U.R. We had the opportunity to meet many of the people that we will