Two former businessmen are putting their skills to work against human trafficking in the U.S.
Kevin Malone, who retired from managing professional baseball in 2001, says many people don’t even realize how big the problem of human trafficking is in the country. Malone is now the president of the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking.
"Well, we know it's spiritual warfare. We think that the enemy has done a very good job of keeping us blind to the issues and either it's so ugly and so perverse that people don't want to hear about it or they turn blind eyes to it," he said.
"If you know that your children and children in your community are being abducted or lured and sold and then raped 10, 15, 20, 30 times a day I think you would do something about it," he added.
Geoff Rogers – a former IBM executive – is the CEO of the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking and works alongside Malone.
Rogers noted that, in an effort to combat human trafficking, the group has created “Traffic Free Zones” where citizens can work with local law enforcement.
He said, "The key to this is getting all the different sectors of society firing away at demand at the same time, so helping law enforcement to focus more on the demand, the county government or city government declaring itself a trafficking-free zone, helping businesses and technology – using technology, the school system, healthcare organizations, and especially the churches.”
Rogers said he also hopes that the organization can help people involved in the human trafficking industry find Jesus.
Rogers said, "We know the answer is Jesus Christ.”
He proclaimed, “Christ is the answer for the restoration of the survivors. Christ is also the answer for the guys who are buying sex, who are addicted to sex. Christ is the answer for them to reach down into the heart of man and to cure them of that addiction."
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.