“Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, in which human beings are controlled and exploited for profit. Perpetrators use force, fraud, or coercion to manipulate and establish control over individuals. Although human trafficking violates international and national laws, it is a burgeoning criminal industry. According to the International Labor Organization, human trafficking generates $150 billion in illegal profits each year.”
45 Million enslaved worldwide; greater than the population of 158 countries in the world. More than were trafficked in 400 years of Trans-Atlantic; More than any other time in history!
Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, operated by Polaris, has received reports of 14,588 sex trafficking cases inside the United States.
In 2014, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimated that 1 in 6 endangered runaways reported to them were likely sex trafficking victims.
In a 2014 report, the Urban Institute estimated that the underground sex economy ranged from $39.9 million in Denver, Colorado, to $290 million in Atlanta, Georgia.
What can be done to correct such a global issue?
Ask the honest questions:
Is this product “fair trade”? (http://fairtradeusa.org/what-is-fair-trade)
Was this produced with “fair labor”? (http://www.fairlabor.org/global-issues)
Am I willing to accept that human trafficking is truly an issue? Am I willing to ask: Is it possible that the clothes, phones, tablets, chocolates, etc. that my kids have were assembled, picked, and produced by children the same age.
Start at home!
It’s not a “law” issue, it’s an enforcement issue.
More people are needed to attack the problem, not simply acknowledge it.
NY Times, March 2014, “The Republic of fear” David Brooks
“...But people without our inherited institutions live on the other side of the threshold and have a different reality. They live within a contagion of chaos. They live where the primary realities include violence, theft and radical uncertainty. Their world is governed less by long-term economic incentives and more by raw fear. In a world without functioning institutions, predatory behavior and the passions of domination and submission blot out economic logic...The primary problem of politics is not creating growth. It’s creating order. Until that is largely achieved, life can be nasty, brutish and short...Police training might be less uplifting than some of the other stories that attract donor dollars. But, in every society, order has to be wrung out of exploitation. Unless cruelty is tamed, poverty will persist.”
IJM takes the message of freedom seriously:
“700 employees overall including lawyers, criminal investigators, trauma social workers, pastors, graphic designers, every job you can think of. They work in nearly 20 communities throughout Africa, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia. We are not just seeing real freedom for individuals caught in slavery, we are seeing real freedom for whole cities and in fact, whole countries.”
Ecclesiastes 4:1, NIV 2011 I saw the tears of the oppressed— and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their oppressors— and they have no comforter.
Luke 4:18-19, NIV 2011 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Mark 12: 29-31, NIV 2011 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”