Freedom and Rescue from Enslavement
Free meets the first Saturday of every month at 9am in the fellowship hall at Legacy Church.
Free is an outreach of Legacy Church that is working to combat sex slavery in Metro Detroit by educating local businesses on how to identify victims and the necessary steps to take when sex slavery is suspected in the business.
Free meets the first Saturday of every month at 9am at Legacy Church. There is a brief training, and we head out to local hotels to show the front desk staff pictures of missing kids as a means to start a conversation about modern day sex slavery and discuss with them what they can do to help protect children in our community and potentially save a child's life.
Free was started because God calls us to take care of our neighbors and to protect the innocence of children (Luke 4:18 and Matthew 18:1-6). Sex slavery has been an ongoing horror in the world, but it is often overlooked because of the establishment of anti-slavery laws from the 1800's because of leaders like Abraham Lincoln and William Wilberforce. It is estimated that more than 250,000 children are exploited in the commercial sex industry each year in the United States alone. This does not include the millions more children forced to prostitute themselves across the globe. Prostitutes are often looked at criminals and thought of as dirty; however, the average age of a prostitute in the United States is between the ages of 11 and 15 years old. These days it less common to see a brothel because it is easy for law enforcement to target, so pimps sell young girls and boys in hotels and through other legitimate businesses online to entice sex buyers (johns) and make what pimps call "business transactions". Another aspect of Free is that we go into these businesses looking for missing kids. Within 48 hours of going missing, one of every three missing children will be sold for sex by a pimp.
With a growing acceptance and demand for sex in our culture, it is no wonder sex slavery exists in the suburbs and beyond. There is a common theme, though: denial and the idea that it is naive to think one can make a difference with such a HUGE problem. Although it would be amazing if sex slavery did not exist EVERYWHERE, it does exist everywhere. To deny it and pretend like sex slavery is not happening is aiding in the continuation of the crime. Thinking that it is too big of a problem to tackle on one's own or with one, small outreach is telling God He is not able. Sex slavery exists because the world is broken, and the world needs Jesus Christ to rescue it from these horrible sins we commit against one another. The beauty in it is that you have been given the grace and the ability to DO SOMETHING about sex slavery in the name of Jesus, and we can and will make a difference. If Free can help rescue one person from the bonds of slavery, our efforts are more than worth it. Please join us in this effort to end sex slavery, whether by prayer or coming to the outreach on a Saturday morning.
“I see the end of child trafficking and some people may say that's a bit naive. I don't see it as naive. I see it as audacious, and it is people of audacity that change the world.”
– ROB MORRIS, PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER OF LOVE146 TO END CHILD SEX SLAVERY