The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. -Edmund Burke
It is a common misconception that slavery was abolished after the Civil War, but slavery is still thriving with an estimated 27 million people enslaved worldwide…more than at any point in history.
The most common form of trafficking (slavery) is sexual exploitation. In fact, sexual exploitation makes up 79-80% of all trafficking and 85-90% are women and children. An estimated 2 million children are exploited globally which includes prostitution, pornography, strip clubs and more. The problem is not isolated to third world nations or even major US cities, but it’s right here in our communities and the victims cannot afford our ignorance or worse yet, our apathy.
One of the leaders in the fight against trafficking and exploitation should be the church. Why? Because of whom we believe in and who He is. Psalm 89:14 (NIV) says, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne, love and faithfulness go before you.” If God is all about justice then His people should be too…no exceptions. The Word of God is full of scripture pertaining to justice and love. Christ died for our freedom and that isn’t just a pretty metaphor. He died so that ALL men (women obviously included) might be free.
Once we know about an injustice we can spread the word, we can give money to great organizations that are out on the front lines, we can volunteer our time, the least we can do is pray. Most importantly we can teach our children their inherent value and the value of others; honoring themselves and honoring others…creating a culture that operates by the golden rule.
So it is time for the church to get involved because we know the One who is all about freedom, true love and justice, and that will help us win the fight against this atrocity. We are to be a voice for the voiceless…“so the poor have hope and injustice shuts its mouth.” Job 5:16
What can I do?
*Designate a time of prayer (at home, at church, bible study, etc.) for the ending of slavery and exploitation
*Support an organization or ministry that is working to eradicate slavery
*Volunteer your time or talents to a group
Statistics can be found at:
various government websites such as FBI, DOJ, DHHS, etc.