Human trafficking is one of the most deplorable crimes on Earth. It is an abominable form of modern-day slavery that is driven by the evil hearts of individuals whose sole purpose is to dehumanize other individuals, be they men, women, or children, through their grotesque deviant behaviors. It is a crime that robs 24.9 million of its victims (nearly three times the population of New York City) of their basic freedoms, human dignity, and self-worth.
Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. It knows no boundaries. Therefore, it can happen in any community. Traffickers use whatever means necessary – violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships – to lure victims of any age, race, gender, or nationality into labor or commercial sexual exploitation.
We must unite to help stop this horrific crime against humanity. One organization that is dedicated to the cause is Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.). In the past six years, O.U.R. has rescued 4,100 victims and assisted in the arrests of more than 2,300 traffickers around the world. The partners that they empower have collectively help rescue the lives of more than 10,000 survivors who were enslaved, exploited, or at risk.
Recently a group of Latter-day Saint music artists, along with several other musicians, gathered to brainstorm ways in which they could help raise awareness about human trafficking. Together they decided that they could use their musical talents to create a powerful version of the song, “Rescue,” by Lauren Daigle.
On 7 August 2020, Operation Underground Railroad released the music video on its YouTube channel. The video opens by revealing the staggering statistic that over 10 million children are being trafficked around the world today.
Soloists (in order of appearance): Jon Schmidt from The Piano Guys, Jenn Blosil, Ryan Innes, Ashley Hess, Alex Boyé, Henry Ammar, Aaliyah Rose, Tyke James, David Osmond, Lexi Walker, Savannah Lawrence, Hannah Kwon, and Malachi Bonner.
Other Vocalists include: Adam Turley, Madilyn Paige, Yahosh Bonner, Brooklyn Kohl, Bri Ray, Mason Murphy, Nate Waite, Jane Beeson, Jordan Moyes, Krispin Banks, Parker Kay, Abraham Thomas, Mia Hicken, Brittany Andam, Michael Barrow, Parker Rudd, Melissa Watts, Le Dad, Jarom Xochimitl, Kenna Childs, Emily Bea, Terrell Thomas, Chuck Emery, Jordan Jacobson, Becca Hawks, Britney Iris, Amanda Reid, and Nicole McMahan.
The video ends with the plea, “Let’s end modern-day slavery together.”