Sometimes people who have been forced into human trafficking are called criminals. It doesn’t make sense that someone would be kidnapped, drugged, manipulated, raped, exploited, beaten, and taken advantage of and then be identified as being a criminal.
This is why there are advocates and politicians who are fighting for those who have been exploited to be given equal rights. This article (click here) explains a beautiful story of a woman who was forced into prostitution, later rescued, and who is now being restored. We praise God that the charges against her were dropped and that the “criminal record” is now erased. According to the papers the government holds, she now has a clean record.
13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
– Colossians 2:13-14