Human trafficking

Human Trafficking

What It Entails:

      • Human trafficking is modern slavery that involves the recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring and receiving a person by force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or sex act.

Why It Matters: 

      • Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. 
      • There are over 40 million people in some form of slavery globally
      • A large percentage of forced labored slaves are children
      • Human trafficking generates billions of dollars annually at the expense of someone’s life
      • Every person is precious and each has a unique story to tell and dream to fulfill. 

What God Says:

      • Proverbs 31:8-9 – Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
      • Genesis 1:27 –  So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
      • Isaiah 61:1-2 – The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord anointed me to bring good news to the humble; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim release to captives and freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord and the day of vengeance of our God to comfort all who mourn…
      • Mark 12:30-31 – and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.
      • Isaiah 58:1-10 – Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?

Take Action:

      • How to protect your child from sex trafficking– Know the facts and be intentional in your efforts to protect children from trafficking situations.  It often starts with a simple conversation.  
      • Pray and intercede for the victims and perpetrators 
      • Bring awareness and educate on the different forms of human trafficking
      • Partner with organizations 
      • Give your time and finances 
      • Speak up and advocate for movements of justice in communities and government
      • Know the myths of human trafficking
      • Provide aid to victims and survivors

Relevant Organizations:

      • International Justice Mission is a global organization that protects people in poverty from violence. They partner with local authorities in 24 program offices in 14 countries to combat trafficking and slavery, violence against women and children, and police abuse of power. 
      • Rescue1 is a sponsorship and outreach program that rescues children from the horrors of sex-trafficking and abandonment.  
      • Reflection Ministries of Texas invests and walks the journey of healing and restoration with sex trafficked victims.  They provide stability, safety, healing opportunities, and most importantly God’s love and grace.
      • Called To Rescue a non-profit organization that helps rescue children who are missing, have been abused or trafficked.  
      • iEmpathize equips adults to empower youth to eradicate exploitation.  They prioritizes prevention of human trafficking using a unique child-centered approach and training.
      • Polaris is leading a data-driven social justice movement to fight sex and labor trafficking problems.  Learn about how you can be part of the solution.
      • Shared Hope International– a leader on policy research in the field of child and youth sex trafficking for over 20 years, working to ensure federal, state, and local policies are rooted in and supported by research and promising practices.

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Prayers:

      • A Prayer Strategy for Human TraffickingValerie Beck points out specific scriptures that target the greatest needs in human trafficking.  It’s time to put the supreme worth of God on display through our prayers.

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