“Would you like a drink?” A small girl asks.
“Yes,” he replies. He’s not a drinking man, but if he doesn’t drink, they might notice. He must blend in, just another foreigner, just another client ready to make a deal.
It's 11:00 PM. A child takes the stage. The only lights in the room blaze down on her. Her small eyes disappear as she squints toward an audience she can’t see. She adjusts her short skirt to hide her skinny legs from the many eyes that lust over her small scantily clad body. The music plays. Her voice is weak, but she sings. Knowing what will happen if she refuses; she holds the mike close so she can be heard above the music blaring from the karaoke machine. An American love song penetrates the smoke filled air. She sings tender words no one has ever spoken to her, tender words she may never know.
“You like?” The Mama San asks. Her hand touches his shoulder as she attempts to strike a deal.
“Yeah, I like.” His words taste bitter, but his jaw remains firm. He won’t let the Mama San notice. He refuses to let her see. Because if his plan works, the little girl on the stage will be singing her last song in this brothel tonight.
Today I listened to Tony Kirwan, founder of Destiny Rescue, describe a scene much like this one. Destiny Rescue exists to free children from sex slavery. Tony and others go undercover in countries such as Thailand, at great personal risk to themselves, all because they believe that every child deserves a childhood.
Now this momma believes passionately that children deserve a childhood too, but I can’t go to Thailand. However, I can support people like Tony. Check out the Destiny Rescue website and consider taking the 26 Second Challenge. I did. It was simple.
And together we can help Tony free another little girl from singing a brothel song.