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 31:8-9There'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 in human history. If you live in a metropolis area, trafficking does exist in your city. Turns out you don't have to travel outside of the country to find it because it's in the backyard. And on and on the statistics go and grow.
The question both you and I have to ask though is...
What am I doing to fight this injustice?
Am I praying? I believe that prayer matters; that God hears, listens, and responds. We shouldn't think little of this act. It's not small, it's massive.
Do I vote wisely? There's a political component to this battle, so let us pay attention and use our voices and votes wisely. To get updates on which politicians are fighting against modern-day slavery on important legislation check out IJM.
Am I informed? Contrary to popular belief ignorance is not bliss at all, but more often then not damaging to others. Research organizations, the abolitionist movement, and the various branches of slavery. Some places to check out:
Does my wallet prove it? Does my mouth and my money preach two different things about what I believe? 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 at some point. Support those companies and businesses that make a real effort to investigate their supply chain and fight to keep their products slave free. Look into 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. Free 2 Work grades popular stores we shop at. Make a genuine effort to buy fair trade. I love how Emily did this whole blog series on slavery, fashion, and clothes on her blog, which you can check out here: 31 Days of Fashion for Freedom.
Finally, are you viewing porn? If you watch or buy pornography, you're supporting the Human Trafficking Industry. You can't simultaneous view or buy it and be against human slavery. It's impossible. You were called to a more beautiful, satisfying, and greater love, but you will not EVER find it in the porn or sex industry. Get help and healing yourself, and stop enabling an evil industry. (The video below may not be appropriate for younger audiences as a warning.)