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Remember Natalee Holloway and the island country of Aruba? Those were names in the news almost daily in the summer of 2005 as Natalee Holloway's parents frantically searched for their eighteen-year-old daughter who disappeared on that island. Natalee went to Aruba for a post-graduation celebration with her high school classmates, but never returned.
Now three years later, the case took a bizarre twist. The prime suspect in the early days of the case did an interview on television in which he said that he sold Natalee for 10 thousand dollars to a foreigner who said he liked blondes. He said that man who took her abroad and she has never been seen again.
Later, that same suspect told the interviewer that his story was made up—a lie. Whether true or not, Natallee Holloway has not been found. And she was one of hundreds of thousands who have disappeared.
Every year around 800,000 people are trafficked internationally. How horrible would it be to you to find yourself in handcuffs or leg irons being taken to some strange place. More frightening yet is for a girl to be sold into sex slavery. It is estimated that there are between 12 and 27 million people enslaved at this very time throughout the world.
14,000-17,000 people are brought into the United States annually as slaves. And, in fact, every continent on earth has people held against their will.
The Bible predicts that this trafficking of human beings will only get worse in the future and that Jesus Christ upon His return will have to put an end to this damnable practice of slavery (Revelation:18:12-13; Isaiah:27:12-13).
Let's pray for that day when people held against their will may be free. And, let's pray, that one day soon, Natalee's parents may find their beautiful daughter alive and back home again!
For GN Magazine, I'm Gary Antion.
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