I read a Scripture passage this week with fresh eyes. It explains one reason for trafficking of women and children: a supply shortage.

Today’s shortage of women, and the overriding reason for the worldwide pandemic of sex trafficking,  is not due to war, as it was then. It is due to abortion.

And the elders of the assembly said, “With the women of Benjamin destroyed, how shall we provide wives for the men who are left? The Benjamite survivors must have heirs,” they said, “so that a tribe of Israel will not be wiped out….

“But look, there is the annual festival of the LORD in Shiloh….”

So they instructed the Benjamites, saying, “Go and hide in the vineyards and watch. When the young women of Shiloh come out to join in the dancing, rush from the vineyards and each of you seize one of them to be your wife….”

So that is what the Benjamites did. While the young women were dancing, each man caught one and carried her off to be his wife. Then they returned to their inheritance and rebuilt the towns and settled in them.

~ Judges 21:16-24, New International Version