January 2, 2012

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

There's an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today, 80% of which are women, and 50% are children. 126 million children working in horrible job conditions. An estimated 300,000 children are forced to be child soldiers in war torn countries. Another 2 million little girls sold and forced into the sex-trafficking industry. They are beaten, tortured, and raped repeatedly, so much so that by the time they reach their teen years they're cast off, destitute, and left to live out their short life. 70% of the pornography that's sold in the states is of women and minors sold into prostitution. 2,800 kids will be sold today alone. Human trafficking is the third largest profitable criminal activity, making slavery more prevalent in our world than ever before. And on and on the statistics go. They're staggering and numbing. But, with everything noble and honorable that's worth fighting for, small steps are the place to begin. If you don't believe me, take it from someone else who knows, and get involved yourself.


Getting started:
  1. Pray!
  2. Get Informed. Research organizations, the abolitionist movement, the various branches of slavery, and zone in on those which you're passionate about most.
  3. Raise Awareness and Support. Figure out what your resources and strengths are, and get creative about how you can raise awareness. Grace posted some great questions to ask yourself on how you can get practical and involved in the way that best suits you. (Pssst! She also does a great job at giving updates and news stories as well.)
  4. Vote Wisely. Get updates on which politicians are fighting against modern-day slavery and keep an eye out on important legislation (check out IJM for these updates).
  5. Buy Fair Trade. I can almost guarantee that there's at least one (if not more) thing(s) in your house that was made by slave labor. Unfortunately many of the companies and stores we buy from buy their products from other companies and manufactures who've used slave labor in their supply chain. Support those companies and businesses that make a real effort to investigate their supply chain and fight to keep their products slave free. You can investigate stores and write/sign petition letters here, and you can find out just how many slaves are working for you by taking the survey at Slavery Footprint, as well as updates with their new app.
  6. And if your a guy, read this.
Other Organizations and Resources...
Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. -Proverbs 31:8-9

7 comments :

  1. My university is having its second big sex-trafficking awareness event in February. I plan on going.

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  2. Ugh, human trafficking is just the worst thing ever. Its so hard to see, hear and know but it needs to talked about to have it stopped.
    Emily at Amazing Grapes

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  3. Crazy. Thanks for all the great links. It's encouraging to see that so many other's are taking the battle as their own and being a voice for the voiceless.
    I've got one more to add to your link party. It's a song by TCF called Dont Let Me Go and MTV picked it up as part of their EXIT campaign.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_08BBIGkwA8

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  4. thanks for spreading the word...thats one of the best ways to combat this tragedy!

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  5. Extremely educational blog! Yes, I agree with the instructions mentioned in above blog to stop human trafficking. Join with us at http://www.mannafreedom.com Our aim is to find various solutions on how to stop human trafficking and raise awareness among people. Sacred prayers to Lord Jesus Christ will definitely help us to fight against this evil.

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  6. Also Tom Davis at HopeChest http://www.hopechest.org/ is a good resource for sex-trafficking. Another book to check out is http://www.hopechest.org/priceless/ Priceless by Tom Davis. Thanks for this great post Natalie!

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