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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Checkin' In

A minister passing through his church in the middle of the day, 
Decided to pause by the altar and see who had come to pray. 
Just then the back door opened, a man came down the aisle, 
The minister frowned as he saw the man hadn't shaved in quite awhile.

His shirt was kinda' shabby and his coat was worn and frayed. 
The man knelt, he bowed his head, then rose and walked away. 
In the days that followed, each noon time came this chap, 
Each time he knelt just for a moment, a lunch pail in his lap.

Well, the minister's suspicions grew, with robbery a main fear, 
He decided to stop the man and ask him, "Watcha' doin' here?" 
The old man, he worked down the road; lunch was half an hour. 
Lunchtime was his prayer time, for finding strength and power.

"I stay only moments, see, 'cause the factory's so far away; 
As I kneel here talkin' to the Lord, this is kinda' what I say: 
"I just came again to tell you, Lord, how happy I have been, 
Since we found each other's friendship and you took away my sin. 
I don't know much of how to pray, 
But I think about you every day. 
So Jesus, this is Jim, just checkin' in."

The minister feeling foolish, told Jim, that was fine. 
He told the man he was welcome to come and pray just anytime. 
"Time to go", Jim smiled, said "Thanks." He hurried out the door. 
The minister knelt at the altar, he'd never done it before.

His cold heart melted, warmed with love, met with Jesus there. 
As the tears flowed, in his heart, he repeated old Jim's prayer: 
"I just came again to tell you, Lord, how happy I have been, 
Since we found each other's friendship and you took away my sin. 
I don't know much of how to pray, 
But I think about you every day. 
So, Jesus, this is me, just checkin' in."

Past noon one day, the minister noticed that old Jim hadn't come. 
As more days passed without Jim, he began to worry some. 
At the factory, he asked about him, learning he was ill. 
The hospital staff was worried, but he'd given them a thrill.

The week that Jim was with them, brought changes in the ward. 
His smiles, a joy contagious. Changed people, his reward. 
The head nurse couldn't understand why Jim was so glad, 
When no flowers, calls or cards came, not a visitor he had.

The minister stayed by his bed, he voiced the nurse's concern: 
No friends came to show they cared. He had nowhere to turn. 
Looking surprised, old Jim spoke up, and with a winsome smile; 
"The nurse is wrong, she couldn't know, that all the while

Everyday at noon He's here, a dear friend of mine, you see, 
He sits right down, takes my hand, leans over and says to me: 
'I just came again to tell you, Jim, how happy I have been, 
Since we found this friendship, and I took away your sin. 
I always love to hear you pray, 
I think about you every day, 
And so Jim, this is Jesus, just checking' in.'"

Human Sex Trafficking: Exploitation of Women and Children by: Sue Mccrossin

Each year, an estimated 800,000 women and children are trafficked across national borders. According to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, human trafficking is estimated to annually generate 9.5 billion dollars of revenue. Furthermore, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services concluded that human trafficking is now tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today.

According to the United Nations Development Fund for Women and the United Nations Interagency Project on Human Trafficking in the Mekong Sub-region, sex trafficking appears to be growing in scope and magnitude, with increasing numbers of countries involved due in large part to globalization and the relative ease with which traffickers are able to transport victims between countries.

Sex trafficking is a widespread problem, implicating nearly every country in the world:

Around 75 percent of all human trafficking victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation.

About two million women and children are held in sexual servitude around the world, but many experts believe the actual number of trafficked peoples is upwards of 10 times as much. Because of its clandestine nature, it is difficult to determine the magnitude of human trafficking. According to the Dutch National Rapporteur Against Trafficking in Human Beings, only around 5 percent of trafficking cases are ever reported.

An estimated 120,000 women and girls are trafficked into Western Europe each year. There have been reports of sexual trafficking in at least 20 U.S. states, with most cases occurring in New York, California and Florida. Once issues of domestic trafficking are included, all 50 states would be implicated.

An estimated 14,500 to 17,500 women and children are trafficked into the U.S. each year. And at any given time, there are 30,000 – 50,000 sex slaves in the United States.

Sex trafficking fuels the commercial sex industry, which includes both legal and illegal prostitution.

Sex trafficking happens in both public and private locales. In some cases, trafficking victims are highly visible and engage in street-level prostitution, but in most cases, sex trafficking takes place in underground venues, such as private homes or brothels. Often, public and legal locations such as massage parlors, spas and strip clubs will be a front for illegal prostitution and trafficking.

Human trafficking is sometimes called the “new slavery,” because it retains many of the same characteristics of a slave (trafficking victim)/master (trafficker) relationship. In the new slavery, women and girls are purchased cheaply and sold to customers at a high profit margin. Rather than serve one master or in one locale, victims are passed around among a variety of “owners.” And because of the seemingly endless supply of women and girls, slaves are ultimately disposable.

Many countries lack tough anti-trafficking legislation and even when legislation is in place, laws are often not enforced. Relatively few trafficking cases are prosecuted, and of those, very few result in convictions. Fear and shame keep many women and girls from seeking help, and widespread police corruption, exemplified by Thailand and Russia, makes it unsafe for trafficking victims to approach local and national authorities.

Occasionally, women and girls are rescued from traffickers and receive support, care and compassion. More often, though, trafficking victims are treated like criminals by the police. Women and girls arrested in trafficking circles are often processed as illegal immigrants rather than trafficking victims, and are immediately deported to their home countries where, because few economic alternatives exist, they begin the cycle of trafficking and exploitation all over again.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Second Street Station by Lawrence H. Levy

Second Street Station-Lawrence H. Levy
This is my first book by Lawrence H. Levy and its a sensation. I love the
Mary Handley character. She's smart, witty, strong willed and determined. I like her spirit, her sense of humor and the fact that she's a woman with brains. She was bold, beautiful and brash. I like the way it begins on the train with the Frenchman, the Bowler Hat and the little blond girl. Follow along as things develop between the little blond girl, the Bowler Hat and with the Frenchman. See the interesting and complicated people they meet along the way. Find out the secrets the hide. Follow Mary Handley as she tries to find a killer, how she almost loses her life as a result. It's ingenious how he crosses fictional characters with historical
Pick up a copy an meet us at Second Street Station. This is a well written book. It has drama, suspense, surprises and love. You will not be able to put it down.  Great novel Lawrence H. Levy, keep up the good work!!!  Good reading!!!

I received a complimentary copy from Blogging For Books for this review.