CONSTANTA, RomaniaWhen I think of chastity or celibacy I think of the non-sex trade. All slavery is heartbreaking.
THE 15-year-old had been “trained” in prostitution in a nightclub in the southern Romanian city of Calarasi. Now, the sex traffickers were getting ready to sell her off to a Turkish brothel for $2,800.
Iana Matei, Romania’s leading advocate for the victims of trafficking, had made contact with the girl and offered to wait outside the nightclub in her car, ready to take the teenager away if she could get out on the street for a cigarette break. But the girl had tried to escape before, and had been beaten severely. Ms. Matei was not sure she would have the courage to try again.
(--opening lines from THE SATURDAY PROFILE, Rescuing Young Women From Traffickers’ Hands, By SUZANNE DALEY, Published: October 15, 2010, The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/16/world/europe/16romania.html)
If you can get throughI offer this heart to those who are enslaved. And to those enslaving. All are in need.
The world by following
The Way and embracing
Virtue to the end of your years,
It can be said that you are able
To embody the Tao.
Maybe our needs truly understood will diminish our wants.
We must learn to recognize the problem.
The problem is belief in separation and the illusion of disconnection.
See beyond problem and illusion!