Labor Trafficking:

What It Entails: 

      • The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery.
      • Exploitative practices linked to labor trafficking, including bonded labor, forced labor and child labor.

Why It Matters: 

      • Labor trafficking is a fundamental violation of human rights. In addition to the human rights abuses that define their involuntary servitude, victims of labor trafficking suffer from a variety of physical and mental health problems:
      •  Scars, headaches, hearing loss, cardiovascular/respiratory problems, and limb amputation. 
      • Psychological effects of torture are helplessness, shame and humiliation, shock, denial and disbelief, disorientation and confusion, and anxiety disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias, panic attacks, and depression.
      • It affects relationships. Many victims also develop Traumatic Bonding or “Stockholm Syndrome,” which is characterized by cognitive distortions where reciprocal positive feelings develop between captors and their hostages. This bond is a type of human survival instinct and helps the victim cope with the captivity.
      • Child victims of labor trafficking are often malnourished to the extent that they may never reach their full height, they may have poorly formed or rotting teeth, and later they may experience reproductive problems.

What God Says:

      • Psalm 82:3- Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
      • 1 Timothy 5:18- Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.. the worker deserves his wages.
      • Proverb 11:8– The righteous person is rescued from trouble, and it falls on the wicked instead.
      • Proverbs 31:8-9 Open your mouth for the speechless and all those appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, And plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Take Action:

      • If you think you have come in contact with a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1.888.373.7888. 
      • Plead the cause of the poor and needy
      • Educate yourself
      • Get involved locally
      • Pray

Relevant Organizations:

      • National Human Trafficking Hotline
      • Mosaic Family Services– a safe haven for survivors of human rights abuses, including human trafficking and domestic violence.
      • 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.
      • Freedom Network USA– They work with human trafficking survivors in all forms of labor. 
      • Safe Place– a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people under the age of 18 in need of immediate help and safety.

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