Human Trafficking Awareness Day

When I taught Middle School, my eyes were opened to the extremely difficult lives that many of my students lived.   The majority of them had family members who were active in gangs, violence, and drugs.  Although all their stories were difficult to hear, one particular story horrified me more than the rest.  A young girl of 13 had been repeatedly prostituted out by her mother…all for a few extra bucks.  The good news in this case was that the horrible acts were discovered and the girl was rescued.

But for thousands upon thousands of other girls – and boys, men, and women – rescue never comes.   They are held captive by Human Trafficking… Modern Day Slavery.  Wikipedia defines Human Trafficking as “the practice of people being tricked,lured, coerced or otherwise removed from their home or country, and then compelled to work with no or low payment or on terms which are highly exploitative.”  It can include (but is not limited to) prostitution, child pornography, domestice servitude, juvenile soldiers, and forced labor.

It is the fastest growing crime, not just worldwide, but in the USA.   An estimated 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked annually in the U.S alone and the number of US citizens trafficked within the country is even higher. Not including the estimated 200,000 American children at high risk for trafficking into the sex industry each year. (facts taken from www.polarisproject.org)

Just as Christians are called by Jesus take care of the orphans, the hungry, and the widowed, we are also to fight for those enslaved by human trafficking.  But how? 

  1. Pray for them.  God knows where they are, but we need to intercede on their behalf.
  2. Get involved.  Just type in “Human Trafficking organizations” into google and you’ll get over 6,250,000 websites that can help you get involved.  If you want to keep it faith-based, there are many Christian organizations fighting to stop these crimes.
  3. Make others aware.  Talk about it.  Blog about it.  Speak for those who can’t speak…
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