“…there are more humans enslaved today than there ever have been in the history of the world.”
I look at my eleven-year-old daughter, and I realize that except for the Lord’s incredible mercy in her life, she could be one of them.
The country she was born in has one of the highest child slavery rates in the world and, unfortunately, our country doesn’t have much better statistics.
Part of the problem is a lack of knowledge (many are completely unaware that these things are happening, even here in the United States), and part of the problem is a lie that is believed by both men and women about a woman’s worth.
Joel and Luke Smallbone (for King and Country) decided they wanted to do something about both of these issues.
In their new film “Priceless” the Smallbones share a story that highlights the problem of trafficking in America today and shines a light on the intrinsic worth that every woman possesses as an image bearer of God.
Inspired by true events, the film follows the journey of James Stevens who was once a husband and father, but after several tragic events, including losing custody of his daughter, he finds himself accepting a shady deal to drive a box truck across country for cash. When he finds out the trip is actually delivering two sisters from Mexico–who expect they are going to work off their father’s debt by waitressing and have no idea what fate awaits them–James suddenly feels a need to undo the horror he helped create.
I’m not a film connoisseur, so I have no desire to give you a rundown on the film’s cinematic appeal. I do know this movie isn’t a Hollywood A-List movie (we probably won’t see a message from them on trafficking and redemption any time soon) but, I found it very well made and engaging.
It is rated PG-13 because of the issue of sex slavery, but it was very tastefully dealt with. I had no problem sitting with my husband watching the film and would freely recommend it to other adults and older teens for viewing.
The heart message of this film is one that we, at Kindred Grace, fully support: the priceless worth of all women and the need for people to stand up and make a difference when it comes to abuse—even when it costs us personally.
On a more personal note, this issue is really as big as it seems. Even in my small town I have encountered men soliciting pornographic images from women, as well as conducting online or texting relationships with underage girls. Some even went so far as to try to set up meetings before adults were made aware of the situation. We need our churches, our leadership, and our parents to be aware of this on-going problem in the world today.
To put it bluntly: if you think your child is old enough for a cellphone or to be on the internet, they are old enough for discussions about the issue of slavery and sexual exploration.
My hope for “Priceless” is that this film will open the doors for these conversations, that it will teach men and women to see and fight for the freedom of women and children around the world, and to teach us how to pray more diligently.
Were you aware that the human trafficking exists in the United States? Have you heard about a local safe house for rescued women?
- I Can’t Save Anyone From Injustice
- Search and Rescue: How You Can Be Part of Ending Human Trafficking
- Freedom For All
- “Priceless” Movie Resources
Disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of this movie for review purposes.