January is Human Trafficking Awareness month, today (1/11) is actually Human Trafficking Awareness Day…and those facts dictate my post today.
I can go on about several different aspects…stats, U.S. and international. I could let you know trafficking is now the second largest crime in the U.S. (measured by dollars) and closing in on the drug trade. The reason…you can only sell drugs once, and your stock is gone. However, if you sell a human (often underaged children), you get your “stock” back and can resell…usually several times a day.
I can let you know there are several types of trafficking…many of you are aware of the selling of underaged girls (actually let’s say, children since boys are also trafficked), but there are other categories. Many that are trafficked are “of age,” there’s forced labor, forced marriage is considered trafficking, and there are a few more categories.
I could go on about all of that…but instead, I’d like to equip you with information…it’s not pretty, but it is vital. I’ve included links to U.S. sources, U.K. sources, some are more local (for me)…Missouri…and even more, localized…Kansas City metro area (Missouri and Kansas).
Learn, become aware, watch…do something. Pray, volunteer, pray, support financially, and pray.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. [Philippians 2:4 ESV]
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. [1 John 3:17-18 ESV]
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ [Matthew 25:40 ESV]
I did say I wouldn’t get into the stats…but I couldn’t help it…here are a few taken from a September 2017 report:
> An estimated 24.9 million victims are trapped in modern-day slavery. Of these, 16 million (64%) were exploited for labor, 4.8 million (19%) were sexually exploited, and 4.1 million (17%) were exploited in state-imposed forced labor.
>Forced labor takes place in many different industries. Of the 16 million trafficking victims exploited for labor
>5 million (47%) forced labor victims work in construction, manufacturing, mining, or hospitality
>8 million (24%) forced labor victims are domestic workers
>7 million (11%) forced labor victims work in agriculture
>71% of trafficking victims around the world are women and girls and 29% are men and boys.
>4 million victims (75%) are aged 18 or older, with the number of children under the age of 18 estimated at 5.5 million (25%).
Source for the above cut and paste – taken from the Sept report
LINKS for more information:
Fox 4 (Kansas City)
Shared Hope International
Truckers Against Trafficking
The Abolitionist Movement
Stop The TraffikAnti-slavery
Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition
KC Street Hope