Silence is Shameful (Luke Dowler & IJM)

Yesterday I was sent a Twitter message from Luke Dowler saying he hoped I’d take a look at this video on human trafficking.

What I saw blew me away.

Luke is a talented musician from Montana; he’s played in variety of musical genre (folk, rock, ska) in places as diverse as Japan, the California coast and Washington, DC.

In the video he performs a song he’s written, ‘Silence is Shameful,’ about the 1.2 million children each year who are pulled into slavery by human traffickers. The majority end up being sexually exploited, and their lives are a living hell.

(And don’t kid yourself. Even the lives of those fortunate enough not to be sexually abused but instead trafficked for forced labor are hellacious.)

Luke is very much aware of the insidious nature of human trafficking and the fact that this global scourge is also local; it came to light that young girls were being used for sexual slavery in the very Montana valley in which he lived.

It doesn’t get any more local than that.

Luckily Luke didn’t turn away from this knowledge and try to pretend it wasn’t happening. Instead, he wrote a song and joined forces with International Justice Mission to help get the word out.

Luke truly ‘walks the walk,’ helping to fight human slavery by bringing his talents to bear. IJM has lawyers, investigators and professional care providers to not only rescue and help slavery and abuse victims, but also to work with politicians, law enforcement, the media and other concerned parties around the world to help bring an end to human slavery.

If we are aware of such despicable acts and do nothing, then as Luke sings, ‘our silence is shameful’.

I hope you’ll take 4 minutes to watch and listen to this powerful video, and then take up some action of your own.

You can buy and download the song with a significant portion of the proceeds going to help IJM fight human trafficking.

You can check out IJM and similar organizations in your local area, state/province or country to see about volunteer opportunities and to contribute monetarily. College students and others can inquire about internship opportunities.

You can contact your political representatives to let them know you don’t see this problem as happening ‘elsewhere’; tell them you know it is happening everywhere and cannot afford to be ignored. Tell them you won’t look the other way, and neither should they.

Tell them that our silence is shameful.

P.S. – If you haven’t read my published article on the Ugly Truths of Human Trafficking, I hope you will now.



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