Congratulations on the excellent June 2017 issue. It is full of weighty things to think about and learn about, including Mark Galli’s editorial. This issue raises a high bar for future issues. I will reread it before the next issue comes.
Pat Greene Valencia, Spain
I am so thankful that God is using this magazine to bring more light to the darkness of human trafficking in Cambodia. It is encouraging to know that more and more young girls are getting out of the industry due to the efforts there. In light of this, however, I call on the abolitionists involved to not stop with child trafficking alone. Adults caught in the sex trade are just as vulnerable and abused as children. It can be easy to think that the 14- to 16-year-old is in need of dire rescue and aftercare while the 19- to 22-year-old just chose this life and has to find a way out on her own. As it was said in “Bringing Light to the Trafficking Fight,” mental chains are much harder for victims to break than physical ones, and these chains don’t all of a sudden become a choice when someone is over 18.
Ruthie Picha Elmhurst, IL
I appreciate CT giving lots of ink to the trafficking scourge in Cambodia, yet I have my doubts about the claim that Christians “are making big progress” in that region. Another source in whom I have great trust says that the sex trade is not dwindling, but due to cybersex on demand it is increasing even there. International Justice Mission may have pulled back somewhat in Cambodia, but Rapha House has gone ahead with building safe houses, etc. If anything, help is needed more than ever. There’s too much money in trafficking to think it will diminish substantially.1