The other day I posted a message about loving thy neighbor, and it was a relatively simple and popular call to action. Human trafficking is something that burns a fire in my bones. It boils my blood and it makes me downright angry. The lack of humanity some people show is disgusting, it’s atrocious, and it down right makes me want to make a change. A lot of people know little about human trafficking outside of the Liam Neeson film Taken. However, it’s a major market, providing thousands of corrupt human beings major profits. We cannot stand by while more and more of our people are trafficked. Let’s call this elephant in the room what it really is modern day slavery. No human should be bought or forced to perform sexual acts, work for, or be controlled by another human being. Over 27 million people are victims of human trafficking. This is a major battle we must win. We cannot let our people down. These are our sons, daughters, mothers, aunts, uncles, fathers, and fellow human beings. We need to help the people free themselves. We need to support them when they are able to escape. We need to be aware of our surroundings and know who to call if you suspect trafficking is a possibility. This is an initiative I have no doubt is pure and wholesome, and something we are all called to help with because it impacts us all. While life may be good for you right now, in a split second someone you know could be taken and sold into slavery.
“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.”
“Globally, the International Labor Organization estimates that there are 4.5 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation globally.”
“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.”
Above are some key statistics from the Polaris Project, and organization I avidly support. Polaris is the leading agency in the global fight to end modern day slavery. Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. They stand for freedom and are an organization that assist with prevention, advocacy, and education. Polaris Project looks to restore victim’s freedom, prevent further victimization, and ways to pursue traffickers and shut them down.
Human trafficking is not a one topic issue, it ranges from sex trafficking, forced labor, child soldiers, and is not limited to these horrific practices. Walk-Off Messenjah is a proud supporter of Polaris, The End It Movement, and many other organizations fighting this global atrocity. This $150 industry is continuing to grow and if awareness is not raised it could continue to be a black eye on our society. We are called by God to “Love Thy Neighbor” and helping in any way you can be a tremendous act of love. Even if all you can do is write your politician every ounce of help will make a difference.
1 (888) 373-7888 is the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Join this fight against this atrocity. We will be thoroughly discussed this topic during out Win the Battle Series.
Join me in this prayer:
Father God, we know you love us and you want the best for us.
We know you are always there for us.
Today we call on you to help those victim of human trafficking.
Give us the courage to take action and help our neighbors.
Help those who are already fighting for these people give them strength and the tools they need to succeed.
Be with the victims, ease their pain, and be with them. Give them hope and I pray for their freedom.
We pray for those who have been freed and that they may assimilate back into society and may their wounds physical, emotional, and metal be healed.
This we pray to You in Jesus Name, Amen!