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Craigslist Supports Sex Trafficking by Looking the Other Way…Will You?

Yesterday's post was one of highest viewed on this blog…ever. With public outrage building against Craigslist–and an unbelievable
undercover report by the Today Show–Americans are opening their eyes to
the reality of sex trafficking, forced prostitution, and child rape for
profit. Craigslist is still choosing to "look the other way" and hide behind
the laws that protect them.
But what will you do?

A friend wrote me yesterday to share a story about how a bad call at his son's little league game cost them the victory. Those situations make me really mad when they happen to my kids too. Like me, he spent days thinking about what he'd do the next time this situation came up, and then God dropped this question on him:


Why are you obsessing about 8-year-old little league, instead of what matters most to Me?

We are so easily drawn from the heart of God. Like Peter walking on the water, we take our eyes off Jesus and begin to sink and drown.

What would happen if our local churches became "obsessed" with eliminating the orphan crisis, wiping out extreme poverty, and ending child sex slavery? 

Here's what you can do. Take the 5 day challenge and do something about trafficking.

1. Last week, HopeChest launched a new Web site for sex trafficking resources and action at I want to challenge you to spend 5 days seeking the heart of God through the "Help Wanted" devotional posted on It's a free download. Encourage your blogging, Facebook, and Twitter community to do the same.


2. Get educated and act. My new book, Priceless, is all about how young girls are exploited by traffickers. Pre-order it here and allow Marina's story to open your eyes.

3. Post the Priceless trailer to your blog for 5 days by embeding the code from YouTube here.

4. Read the first chapter of Priceless for FREE by clicking here. Post the link on your blog for 5 days so others know about this issue.


What if each of the 1,000+ people who read this blog took action like this?

You can also view the investigation on Craigslist on the Today Show by viewing it here. Be careful, it's not for minors.

Become obsessed with God's heart for justice. If it matters to him, it has to matter to us. Helping to save one young girl or boy's life is worth it.

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posted May 5, 2010 at 9:10 am

Awesome perspective Tom. How often do I get caught up in that way of thinking. I’m sharing that with my friends today. Thank you. Hope all is well.

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posted May 5, 2010 at 9:45 am

“Helping to save one young girl or boy’s life is worth it.”
That’s what it’s all about. I’ve been saddened today to see people…even those who say they’re all about stopping human trafficking…making excuses for Craigslist. It’s as if they’re more concerned about being seen as “Christians” then actually doing things to help save the life of even one girl.
If CL shuts down the adult section and one girl’s life is saved I don’t care if someone who’s not a follower of Christ mocks me as some horrible person. Popularity or looking better than how we think some other Christians look to the world is not more important than the lives of these women.

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Jen~Beautiful Mess

posted May 5, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Praying for you as you are likely getting heat that would more aptly be targeted at the issue!
Prayerfully…I’m wrong. Praying still!
To God be the glory!

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Chris P

posted May 6, 2010 at 11:46 am

I just found your blog through some other posts and discussion about human trafficking and applaud the awareness and conversations you have started about it.
I just wanted to say that this post disturbs me a little bit. When I see you ‘5 day challenge’ and the subsequent points, I see
1. go to your other website
2. buy your book
3. advertise your book
4. read the first chapter of your book
Are there no other things that you could advise your readers to do? Organization to donate to? Outreach programs to volunteer with?
Again, I applaud your efforts and the awareness you are bringing to your readers, I just encourage you to give more options and next steps.

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Tom Davis

posted May 6, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Chris, I see your point. I do promote other org’s and people as you can see here: and
But the reality is that this blog is used to promote the organization I am affiliated with, Children’s Hopechest, and our respective partners. I’m also an author, as you can see, and many of the people who read my blog get here because of my books. I’m happy to promote great organizations that are doing good work. If there’s some I should mention that you are connected with, please let me know and I’ll post about them.

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Tom Davis

posted May 6, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Thanks for your passion on this Issue. I’m with you my brother!

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Tom Davis

posted May 6, 2010 at 2:15 pm

trying to get up to your neck of the woods Steve. Hopefully soon.

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