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Country star Craig Morgan joins fight against human trafficking: ‘Jesus went to those ugly places’


Craig Morgan
Press photograph of Craig Morgan, 2021 |

Country music star, TV character and Army veteran Craig Morgan is now lending his voice to the anti-trafficking nonprofit Exodus Road — as a result of as a person of religion, he needs to make use of all of his life expertise to do good on this planet.

Morgan, an outspoken Christian who served as a deputy sheriff in Tennessee earlier than turning into a rustic music star, was launched to Exodus Road by a buddy practically seven years in the past. 

Exodus Road trains operatives to facilitate rescue missions for survivors of human trafficking through the use of “advanced technology to locate survivors and gather evidence for successful raids and arrests, impacting the larger systems of slavery,” in line with its web site.

Due to his years of navy expertise, Morgan believes he is well-matched with the nonprofit. 

“I was in the military for about 17 years and done a lot of things, so I had a particular skill set that I felt like I could offer my assistance to the organization, and I did,” Morgan shared in an interview with The Christian Post.

“In the process of doing that, I felt so strongly about what they were doing that I decided to get on their board and help promote the organization and try to assist in fundraising because this cost a lot of money to do this.” 

Morgan was particularly intrigued by the organization’s mission to follow through with victims once rescued. 

“The one factor that I cherished about Exodus Road, and I believe what drew me to them most, was the comply with on,” he posited. “I’ve worked with other organizations in the past where we literally go in, snatch and grab and remove the victim, and then turn the victim over to either the government, or a church, or someone like that. That’s not a bad thing, it’s good that they’re doing that. But with Exodus Road, when we start an operation, we’re not just thinking about the individual and getting them out. We’re thinking about where they’re going to go, what they’re going to do, how we’re going to assist them in their life in the future.”

Many victims of human trafficking return to their captors if not assisted as soon as taken out of compromising conditions. Morgan praised Exodus Road for the way they assist victims develop abilities to assist them with on a regular basis life. 

“Exodus Road doesn’t just focus on removing that individual and arresting the individual perpetrator, our emphasis is placed on the main players, the individuals that are responsible for that trafficking,” he said.

The organization’s strategy, the musician said, is to dismantle sex-trafficking rings from the top down. 

“We discovered world wide that in areas the place [Exodus Road] had a big impact, there’s much less and fewer of the ‘joes,’ per se. So in life generally, I believe if you take away the temptation, it helps everyone,” the Tennessee native contended.

According to statistics from Traffick Watch, intercourse trafficking impacts people of each age,
ethnicity and socio-economic background. At any given time in 2016, an estimated 40.3 million persons are in modern-day slavery.

The work of Exodus Road has led to over 1,500 rescues and greater than 800 arrests to this point. They have over 70 operatives working in six nations combating human trafficking via “prevention, intervention and aftercare.”

The “International Harvester” singer called this work “a very ugly thing,” adding: “You have to really be strong in faith, in your relationships, otherwise you could find yourself being compromised.”

“Think about where Jesus went,” he added. “I’m not comparing myself or anyone else that works for Exodus Road to Jesus, by no means, my Lord and Savior is the King. But Jesus went to those ugly places. He went there. I feel like if we’re going to help people, that’s where we have to go.”

In 2018, President Donald Trump signed a bill into law that expands the fight against human sex trafficking, known as the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. Since then, however, Morgan said the conversation has died down.

“I felt like about three or four years ago, we were on a path in this nation to fight this on a level that hasn’t been seen since the inception of this country,” Morgan noted. “We were really on a path, and I feel like we kind of got away from it again. So that’s why it’s important that everyone that has the opportunity to talk about it, raise awareness. There’s some bad players out there in the world that we need to ensure that we alleviate their ability to do what it is they’re doing to other people.” 

In 2017, Morgan visited Thailand with Exodus Road. While undercover with the group, he met with a bunch of South African ladies that had been informed they had been going to be going to Thailand to work. They had been provided jobs, proven stunning movies of the lodges and informed they’d be making good cash. 

“They obtained there, there have been no lodges, none of that stuff,” Morgan recounted. “They took all their passports and told them they had to pay them this much money before they got their passports back. The only way they could do that was through prostitution.” 

According to a 2002 report from the International Labor Organization, greater than 1 million youngsters alone are trafficked annually, with many of the planning occurring on-line and the darkish corners of the web.

Exodus Road’s Operation SCOPE mission has offered police with proof of traffickers exploiting youngsters through the use of “pornographic photos of victims as a means of control, threatening to shame them by exposing the photos to their families.” The photographs are then bought to porn websites whereas additionally getting used to take advantage of the victims who’re additionally coerced into prostitution.

As a person of religion, Morgan inspired Christians to get entangled on this battle moderately than flip a blind eye.

“I don’t believe that you can work your way to Heaven. I do believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and was resurrected and ascended to Heaven, and for that, I receive salvation if I accept it. But I do believe that accepting that salvation in and of itself is not enough,” Morgan defined.

He careworn that Christians ought to comply with Jesus’ instance.

“You cannot simply say, ‘I do settle for you, Jesus Christ,’ after which not do the rest,” he said. “I’m not saying that I do these items to attempt to work my manner into Heaven. … I wish to get to Heaven shortly as I can. When I get there and St. Michael or St. Joseph meets me on the gates, I do not need them to say, ‘This is all of the issues that we wished you to try this you would have been doing for God. Here’s all of the folks that might have been saved, had you carried out what God requested you to do,’ and me not have carried out it.”

“So I attempt to do every part that I can after I really feel led, after I really feel the Holy Spirit, or after I really feel that’s one thing that Christ needs me to do,” Morgan concluded. “I attempt to do as a lot of that stuff as I can. It’s simply that easy.”

Jeannie Ortega Law is a reporter for The Christian Post. Reach her at: jeannie.law@christianpost.com She’s also the author of the book, What Is Happening to Me? How to Defeat Your Unseen Enemy Follow her on Twitter: @jlawcp Facebook: JeannieOMusic




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