Today, January 11th, is the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. If I had been better prepared, I would have had this post ready to publish first thing in the morning, but I did not, so here it is.
You can call 1.888.373.7888 any time, day or night, 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year to report a case of human trafficking. Human trafficking can take the form of slave labor (including domestic servitude) or forced sex labor and can involve adults and children alike. The average age of a trafficked child is 12 years old. Victims of trafficking find themselves there by methods of force, fraud, or coercion. They might be paying off “debts” with enormous amount of interest. They may be threatened with violence or abused as well as their families. They can often be taken across national borders to a country where they don’t speak the language – their paperwork could be forged or missing entirely and they often fear the police as much as their captors. This fear is usually justified as when the crime is found, they are lumped in with the criminals instead of treated as a victim – many times they are sent back to their own country to live in their shame and risk being trafficked again.
This modern-day slavery is more heinous and comprehensive than the form of slavery fought over in the Civil War. It is the fastest growing organized crime and second only to drug-trafficking (which is estimated to be surpassed very soon). If you think that the United States is exempt from this, you are sorely mistaken. Cases of human trafficking have been reported in every state. The US has been found to be a source, transit, and destination country for trafficked individuals.
I’m going to list quite a few organizations/people/businesses I follow, either on Twitter or Facebook or whatever. I would really recommend checking them out. This is something that burns in my heart – as children of God we are called to loose the bonds of those who are held captive. Educate yourself and then take up the banner – become an abolitionist.
*and really, these are just a few of the newly blossomed organizations ready to fight human trafficking. If I’ve left out anyone note-worthy, let me know and I’ll see about adding them! Thanks!
Beauty From Ashes
Cincinnati Union Bethel
Social service agency: early childhood education; the Anna Louise Inn (housing for women) and Off the Steets (services for prostituted women. (Cincinnati, OH) ***Not only for trafficked individuals, but they deal with it enough to be included***
website · facebook · twitter: cinunionbethel
Free Generation International
Hookers for Jesus
International Justice Mission
Made By Survivors
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Not only are they concerned with Cincy’s history in the fight against slavery, they are seeking to build up modern-day abolitionists (Cincinnati, OH)
website · blog · facebook · twitter: FreedomCenter
Not For Sale
a leading non-profit organization committed to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery. (Washington, DC) **They even have an office in Japan now!**
website · blog · facebook · twitter: Polaris_Project
She Shall Go Free
Stop Child Trafficking
Stop Modern Slavery
*Made by Survivors, mentioned above