A couple of years ago, For King and Country put out a song called “Priceless.” Not only has this song been instrumental in helping me overcome struggles with my own self-worth, but I attribute a lot of my passion for human-trafficking to this song as well. The song starts off, “Mirror, mirror, mirror on the wall, telling those lies pointing out your flaws, that isn’t who you are”. The idea that our body defines our worth as women is something that seems to be reiterated time and time again by the media. Magazine covers tell us how to tone up and cut down. What they don’t tell you is that the flawless model on the cover is toned up and cut down perfectly by a computer, not a diet or exercise regiment. Not to say that eating healthy and taking care of ourselves isn’t important, because it is, but there is nothing you can do to ward off every ounce of cellulite or change the body type God has given you.
The chorus of the song goes on to say, “I see you dressed in white, every wrong made right. I see a rose in bloom, at the sight of you….irreplaceable, unmistakeable, incompareable, darling it’s beautiful.” Tears come to my eyes most of the time as I sing these words at the top of my lungs. How is it that the God of the Universe, Creator of all things, Holy without blemish, looks at ME, a dirty sinner, and thinks these things? The Bible says that through the blood of Christ, though our sins are scarlet, we are made white as snow. Pure. Clean. Loved. Redeemed. How differently would my life look if I truly believed that? How differently would our world look if every person truly believed that was how highly God valued women? If women believed it for themselves, and men believed it for their female counterparts?
Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in. In addition to the song, the band also wrote and produced a movie by the same name. In it, it shows the dark and evil world of human-trafficking. The reality of what women who are trafficked go through is beyond anything I can fathom. Many are tricked into trafficking by being promised a job, only to arrive and find themselves a slave- which is the case in the movie. Two young ladies come to America with the hopes of finding work. However, the work they receive isn’t the work they were promised. They find themselves in the house of a pimp and forced to give their bodies away. The movie follows the story of the girls and the man who unknowingly delivered them to the pimp, James. A widower looking for work, he was hired as a truck driver to deliver goods, only he didn’t realize the goods were humans. Once he realizes his terrible mistake, he starts doing everything in his power to rescue the girls, only to discover the messy web that makes up the world of human-trafficking. Along the way he meets a Dale, a man whose very own daughter lost her life after being trafficked, who becomes his partner in his quest. Together, they move heaven and earth to redeem the lives of the girls, but find themselves constantly running into obstacles that seem to keep them from achieving their goal.
The thing that stuck out to me most about the movie, and still makes me sick even as I write this, is how visible trafficking is if we just look for it, but how it feels nearly impossible to end it or to get help for the girls caught in it. It feels like our worlds exist on two sides of a window and we are both crying out to each other, but we can’t through the glass. It’s a powerless feeling I sometimes feel as an advocate and I’m sure the women feel as victims. However, though I feel powerless, I put my hope in the One who is all-powerful and Who looks at me and every girl being trafficked and says, “You are priceless. You are loved. You are worth dying for.”. Not because of what our bodies can offer, but because of what His body crucified on a cross can offer us. Forgiveness. Grace. Mercy. Love. Redemption. We are priceless because His life paid a price greater than we could ever put a number on- priceless.
Author: Ashley Mancillas
Howdy! My name is Ashley and I’m thankful to be a born and raised Texas girl. I am a graduate of Texas A&M University (whoop!) and just recently became a mom to the sweetest little boy, Judah. I’m doing my best to walk daily with my Heavenly Father and make Him known to those around me. I am married to my college sweetheart, Steven, who I met country dancing while in school at Texas A&M. We currently reside in Houston, where we still enjoy dancing together and doing life with our awesome church community.