Justice needs a hero.
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Trade of Innocents takes a hard look at sex trafficking in Siem Reap, Cambodia, home to international tourist destination Angkor Watt and to international businessmen looking to satisfy their unspeakable lusts while far from home. Through a human trafficking investigator and his wife, who volunteers with a local shelter for girls rescued from the sex trade, viewers learn about the complex network that sustains this industry as well as the huge need it creates for people who will take a courageous stand for justice.
Human trafficking is the second-largest illegal industry in the world today, behind only drug trafficking, and is the fastest growing. It takes many forms—labor trafficking, forced domestic servitude, and sex trafficking. Though the details vary with each type and each country, the horrific devaluing of a precious human life is a constant.
Discussing the Scenes
1. Grieving Life’s Losses
(John 11:33–35; 2 Corinthians 1:3–4; Job 1:21; Psalm 34:18)
Loss is a reality of life. While we have no control over that fact, we can control how we respond. And while some people, like Alex, are under the mistaken notion that they don’t have to process and deal with their resulting grief, the truth remains that if we don’t deal with our grief, it will find a way to deal with us. Knowing that God and Jesus have experienced grief can teach us something about its inevitability, as well as offer comfort and guidance for how to navigate this tough emotion.
2.Standing for Justice
(Micah 6:8; James 1:27; Matthew 25:31–46; Isaiah 58:6–11)
The world is full of injustice. Trade of Innocents focuses on one of the more troubling of these injustices—the forced prostitution of poor, young girls. When we see how complex and far-reaching the networks that support this industry are, we can lose hope that our efforts will ever be enough to stop it. But when we see how innocent young lives are utterly destroyed because of lust and greed, we realize that we simply must fight it. In fact, as Christ’s followers, we are called to fight it.
3.Giving In to Sin As the Credits Roll
(Galatians 5:16–21; Psalm 51; Matthew 7:1–5; Romans 3:23–26)
Trade of Innocents gives us a front-row seat to some pretty destructive sin: lust, greed, lying, murder. We see the way these sins impact individuals as well as the people around them. Considering that we’re all sinners, these stories can serve as cautionary tales. We can give in to these sins, as several of the characters do, or we can take the more hopeful and life-giving route offered by our gracious God.
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Trade of Innocents (Dean River Productions, 2012), directed by Christopher Bessette, rated PG-13.
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