“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?” – Isaiah 58:6
“Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings mainly for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor. Other purposes can be extraction of organs, or tissues or even surrogacy or ova removal.” (Wikipedia)
Trafficking strikes at the very heart of what most first world countries prize above all else: Freedom … the freedom to choose … the freedom to say yes or no … the freedom to come or go … the freedom to strive for your own goals.
Trafficking is a global issue and we should take little comfort if our area is a lighter color than another. As long as trafficking exists, we have an issue …
Human trafficking is, quite simply, modern-day slavery.
A taste of the scope of this issue …
The chart above is from Wikipedia, but you can find other sources of information, news, and advocacy materials below:
Stop Trafficking! : monthly e-newsletter
Not For Sale Campaign: Grassroots advocacy and political action.
“… fights human trafficking and modern-day slavery around the world. Through international work on the ground and in mainstream supply chains, we proactively target the root causes of slavery while engaging and equipping the movement for freedom.”
Polaris Project: Awareness, education and outreach material
Diocese of Oakland (California): Devoting the entire month of January to this topic. Information and materials.
The Campaign to Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking: Operates the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Program (ATIP) and the HHS Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking campaign.
A last thought to ponder:
“The essence of human trafficking is in its force, fraud, and coercion of vulnerable people. Disportionately, trafficking affects poor women, children, and members of disadvantaged minority groups.” (from the January 2013 Stop Trafficking newsletter)
Folks, we are better than this.
As always, my advice is to study, learn, reflect, and act.
Trying to do my part to build awareness, which leads to action, which in turn results in change in the Heartland ….
- Tomorrow Is Human Trafficking Awareness Day (blog-aauw.org)
- Human Trafficking Awareness Month: (loiseighmy.wordpress.com)
- Sex Trafficking Survivor Goes Public with GWEN: January 11 National Human Trafficking Day (prweb.com)
- Do you Recognize the Signs of Human Trafficking? (preventtrafficking.com)
- Get Involved For Human Trafficking Awareness Month! (gbpan.wordpress.com)
- Dane Co. Joins Efforts to Raise Awareness of Human Sex Trafficking (nbc15.com)
- Weekend of prayer: end human trafficking and slavery (lifesitenews.com)
- Pray on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day! (gbpan.wordpress.com)