EVENT DATE: Oct 14, 2017
There is an estimated 20 to 30 million victims of human trafficking in the world today.
From sex trafficking to bonded labor to forced labor, this $150 billion dollar industry continues to flourish throughout America and the world.
Children, woman, and men are entrapped in this modern day slavery without a voice and are often unseen.
The average age of a child introduced into human trafficking is 11 to 14. Often, pornography is affiliated with the trafficking of children. Either it is used to exemplify what the children will be doing for the men or women they are servicing sexually, or children participate in the pornography being filmed.
Apart from the porn industry, it pours into the items imported to retail businesses, such as Old Navy and Gap. 3,750 workers at the Next Collection Limited factories in Ashulia are routinely forced to work over 100 hours a week in excruciating work conditions for well below minimum wage.
While one can feel helpless when this sort of information is brought to light, there are things we can do to alleviate this modern day slavery and even end it.
A21 Campaign is an excellent resource to learn about the how many other businesses use forms of sweat shops. They also have internships available for those who wish to get physically involved in this. You can donate or even write letters to the victims of human trafficking.
Polaris Project, EndItMovement, and others alike are also wonderful resources to learn how to get more involved and to find other affiliated sites against human trafficking.
We are citizens of the Kingdom of God before we are a citizen of the world and because of this, we are about the justice and mercy of all people- offenders and victims alike. Although it is tempting to allow our apathy to get the better of us when learning of these injustices, we must push through these feelings and persevere until we reach the end.
If our God is about justice (Psalm 99:4) and mercy (Micah 7:18), then so are we.
If only one is set free, that is one more than before.