Inside Out 249: Anti-Trafficking Pioneer

03.27.13 | Martha Manikas-Foster

Fierce-CompassionTwenty-seven million. Just remembering that there are 27 million slaves in the world today can overwhelm me. Seeing that number can make me feel like giving up any idea of joining the fight against human trafficking.

What could one person do that would make any difference?

Well, one person, dedicated to God, with the help of others, did make a difference. She broke the back of the Chinese slave trade in San Francisco at the turn of the last century. Her name was Donaldina Cameron, and though she was never mentioned in any of my history books, she’s the focus of a new biography by the mother-daughter writing team of Kristin and Kathryn Wong: Fierce Compassion: The Life of Abolitionist Donaldina Cameron.

“Today, we have new ways of slavery, and the lives of vulnerable teenage girls and young women is still cheap, in many ways,” Kristin Wong says in this Inside Out interview. “There are many—in our own country in our midst—who are desperately hoping for life and instead find themselves trapped in a nightmare. And the things that Donaldina Cameron did, and her courage and her perseverance in living them, are so relevant for those issues that are around us today. Kathryn and I pray that reintroducing Donaldina Cameron to this generation will inspire us also to speak on behalf of those who can’t speak for themselves.”  

Join us for this interview with both Kristin and Kathryn Wong as we talk about slavery in Cameron’s day, slavery today, and the lessons we can learn from this almost-forgotten abolitionist who loved God.

To listen to the recorded conversation with the authors, click on the icon above.

To learn more about Kristin and Kathryn Wong’s book Fierce Compassion, click here:

To learn more about the contemporary slave trade, a $32 billion a year international crime, listen to these past Inside Out interviews on the topic of human trafficking:  

10-12-11/Interview with Women At Risk founder Rebecca McDonald:

4-27-11/Inside Out interview with Bethany Hoang of International Justice Mission:

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