Raleigh Sadler knows what it’s like to feel helpless in the face of human trafficking. He’s almost certain he’s witnessed someone being trafficked right in front of him.
Ironically when it happened, Sadler was on the way home from an event where he spoke about how to fight human trafficking.
He was waiting for a train in New York City, and there was “something different” about a woman near him — she seemed high, but it seemed that there was more going on than just drugs. While he stood there trying to piece it together, the train doors opened and a man appeared out of nowhere, grabbed her by the arm and yanked her violently onto the train.
“As the train pulled away, my senses came to me and I began realizing what had happened,” Sadler recounts in a new book, “Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking,” a February 2019 release from B&H Publishing Group.
The realization broke him.
“I had failed,” Sadler wrote. “I was seen as an authority on human trafficking, and when the chips were down, I failed to respond.”
That moment was part of the journey he’s been on since God broke his heart at a 2012 Passion conference in Atlanta. There at the conference, human exploitation seemed like a problem too big to tackle. He was too far removed from it, and he had no clue where to start.
But while he sat there at Passion, God began to speak to Sadler that he had to do something. Over time he followed that call, moved to New York City and began working with the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association. In 2016 he started Let My People Go, a nonprofit organization aimed at helping churches fight human trafficking.
A lot of people are “just like me,” Sadler said of writing a book. “They want to do something about this big injustice and the pain that people around them are experiencing, but they have no idea what to do or where to start.”
In Vulnerable, Sadler tells his own stories of feeling helpless and how God has given him a heart to stop trafficking at the root.
That’s what he does through Let My People Go — he educates churches and individuals about exploitation and introduces them to ways they can love the people around them, who are vulnerable to trafficking.
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Source: Baptist Press