Sex trafficking

Sex Trafficking

What It Entails:

      • Sex Trafficking is a federal crime in which force, fraud or coercion is used to compel a person to perform commercial sex.
      • It affects all populations and all economic classes.
      • Traffickers find victims through various means and lure victims through promises of protection, love, home and opportunity.

Why It Matters:

      • God created us from His perfect love, that we might love Him and love others.
      • We are made in his image and it breaks his heart.
      • We are called to protect the young and the innocent of this world as they are precious to him and not as possessions or a way of making money.
        (Luke 17:1-2, Matthew 18: 1-5, Psalm 103:13, Isaiah 49:15-16)
      • The victims are oftentimes people who we are called to care for and instead are mentally, emotionally and physically abused.

What God Says:

      • Isaiah 1:17– Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.
      • Luke 17:1-2– Jesus said, things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble.
      • John 8:32- Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
      • Galatians 6:9- Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
      • Psalm 103:13– As a father has compassion on his children,  so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.

Take Action:

      • Fighting Human Trafficking Options
      • Educate your kids about human sex trafficking, what it looks like and who to talk to if they think they see it. 
      • Partner with local experts, community leaders and businesses that understand the root and causes of slavery in the region. 
      • Provide direct services including food, shelter, education, and healthcare to those affected by modern day slavery and exploitation
      • Find out why people in a certain place are susceptible to slavery?
      • Create businesses and social enterprises that generate sustainable, fair-wage jobs in the region.

Relevant Organizations:

      • National Human Trafficking
      • HotlineTraffick911– fight child sex trafficking by helping survivors embrace healing and freedom
      • Refuge for Women– is the Nation’s Largest Recovery Program for Victims of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation
      • Shared Hope International strives to prevent the conditions that foster sex trafficking, restore victims of sex slavery, and bring justice to vulnerable women and children
      • My Life My Choice– Their fervent conviction is that no child should be bought or sold. Their holistic, battle-tested approach is grounded in survivor experiences of those who have lived the ugly realities of exploitation and come back fierce, wise, and strong
      • GEMS-Girls Educational and Mentoring Services– has served as the nation’s leading organization for empowering commercially sexually exploited and domestically trafficked girls and young women
      • Youth With A Mission– YWAM is driven by God’s love; they go to the ends of the earth to make God known

Resource Links:

      • Covenant Eyes– will help you live porn free
      • Trafficking Truths– free ecourse on the realities of human trafficking by Rebecca Bender
      • Nest Foundation– Sexual violence prevention education that empowers
      • Prevention Project– believes that in order to eradicate human trafficking, the selling of human beings for profit, we must educate young people on the lures of trafficking and invest in character and leadership development.  The Prevention Project curriculum not only prevents human trafficking, but also equips student leaders to bring a lasting change for our schools, communities, and beyond.
      • Ending the Game-“coercion resiliency” curriculum that reduces feelings of attachment to traffickers and/or a lifestyle characterized by commercial sexual exploitation, thereby reducing the rate of recidivism among sex trafficking survivors.  ETG is designed to educate and empower survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking by providing a structure and framework to uncover harmful psychological coercion that victims may have been subjected to during or before their exploitation experience.
      • Chosencurriculum for victims of commercial sexual exploitation
      • Moms Moving Forward– is designed to provide a network of support for single moms to share milestones, successes and challenges of being a mom.
      • Boomtown, Episode6: A Thin LineDuring booms, the Permian Basin sees a rise in prostitution charges. But misperceptions and stereotypes about sex work have led to policies that may actually harm the women involved.  Listen to the Fox Hunter.
      • Reflection Ministries Resources
      • Department of Defense
      • Human Trafficking Assessment Tool

Prayers:

      • 30 Days of Prayer a devotional guide available for you to utilize at your own pace.

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