Amy Kidwell Discusses Efforts to Fight Human Trafficking Through Operation Mobilisation
On Tuesday's edition of Lubbock's First News on News/Talk 790, KFYO, Tom Collins and Laura Mac interviewed Amy Kidwell from Operation Mobilisation (OM). OM is a faith-based organization that works worldwide to fight against hunger, fight against human trafficking, plan and build Christian churches in underdeveloped parts of the world, and provide relief efforts after natural disasters.
Kidwell is based in Pretoria, South Africa fighting human trafficking, and is currently in Lubbock on sabbatical.
In discussing her work to fight against human trafficking, Kidwell said, "Action cannot happen without awareness. You can't have something happen if somebody is oblivious to what is going on, or if they don't know how to teach their kids about it."
"Lubbock is definitely a source city (for human trafficking)," Kidwell continued. "There are people who watch for kids who phase out of the foster care system. Men will come up to young girls and it won't be this grabbing them off the streets and taking them in a van and going (away).
"They build relationships, we call them the 'lover-boy', and so this one guy can have 15, 16 girls that he's "dating", then (he'll say) 'If you love me you'll run away with me'. It's a quick trip down to Interstate 10 to get to El Paso to get out of the country."
Next week, Kidwell will hold two seminars at First Church of the Nazarene at 6110 Chicago Avenue in Lubbock, to discuss prevention against human trafficking and to fund raise for her work with OM.
The seminars, entitled "Traffic Wise" will be held on Friday, December 4, 6pm-8:30pm and Saturday, December 5, 9am-12pm.