At the time I was drafting my review of Pinocchio, I picked up a new IVP book titled God in a Brothel. It is the firsthand account of a former private investigator who spent several years working to rescue victims of human sex trafficking and prosecute those who oppress them. As I read, I found myself struggling with overwhelming feelings about the brokenness of the world... and wondering why the "happily ever after" has not come for these millions of women and children enslaved in the world today, and why the sex industry even seems to be flourishing all over the globe. How has evil become so intense and widespread and yet so easy for me to ignore? How am I to respond? I am continuing to process and wrestle with this issue... and expect there won't be an easy answer any time soon.
So, even as I hold to my conviction that the Gospel gives us hope, I can't say it is easy. As I think of the many victims who, unlike Pinocchio, have not been able to escape such pervading evil, I can but feebly ask God to have mercy and to bring justice soon.
Feel free to leave a comment if you have any thoughts or questions about the book.