As Micah 6:8 says we are to “act justly”
After our local Nefarious event I received a lot of questions. Many people were confronted with the depth of trafficking for the very first time and realized what a wide scale problem it is and also how close it hits to home. People wanted to know what they could DO. How they could help from their little corner of the world.
To answer that question, below are some ACTION points for fighting trafficking.
“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”
― William Wilberforce
2) Support organizations that fight trafficking or provide aftercare for those rescued.
I am so very excited about True Mission coming to Virginia! I have met with Steve and Tracy Singleton (Founders and Executive Directors) and with Jimmy and Cindy Thompson (Virginia Directors) and love their hearts, knowledge and passion for these girls! The vision is to provide gospel centered restorative care in a long-term residential program. I encourage my local friends to jump on board with us! We still need 10 acres of land in our area to build this house on!
These children are particularly vulnerable to trafficking.
5) Support organizations that fight poverty and empower men and women so that they do not end up a statistic or being taken advantage of in their desperation.
There are many are great organizations out there that fight poverty. Do your research..…of course you know I am partial to Project HOPEFUL Awassa!
6) Stand against injustice. Whether it’s inappropriate joking in the workplace against others, racist attitudes or bullying….. choose to make a stand. If something seems off…look at closer. Report if need be.
7) Fight against pornography. So many times this is thought to be just “entertainment”. It is not. It fuels trafficking and leads into other sins.
Great blog posts on that:
from a friend whose job is to investigate sexual internet crimes:
“Great article. Just more evidence and reiteration of what I see in my profession. Please keep sharing this. It is so much a reality for our youth. The socialization and sexualization of our children is at every corner.
The proliferation and availability of electronic devices and the ever changing apps of social media has created a catastrophic cocktail that is destroying the souls and lives of our children. Unfortunately, parents are allowing these devices to babysit their children and are leaving a dark, ugly and evil world at their fingertips.
Whether out of negligence, inattention or ignorance it is being allowed in the home, the responsibility is being left up to the children and not being controlled by the the parent(s).
As I have said and will continue to say... We need to stay in our children's business, any and all of it.
With the proliferation of internet availability, social media and etc, the pornography industry and the demand for it has gone through the roof.
Most have no concept nor want to believe that this behavior and activity is the engine behind human trafficking along with money, drugs and etc.
And churches have become a flock of ostriches by burying our heads in the sand refusing to do anything and get involved.”
9) Shop with purpose. There are so many great places to shop from that are fair trade and that support men and women around the globe who work very hard for very little and that ensure that fair prices are paid for their hard work.
Another friend Lauren over at Mercyink posts about fair trade items often and this post explains why fair trade matters. http://www.mercyinkblog.com/2013/04/why-fair-trade-matters.html
11) Put the trafficking hotline in your phone. Call 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733). The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls and texts from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.
12) Pray. Sign up on your favorite organization’s email lists and pray for their needs as they work. I have seen first hand how prayer make a difference in huge ways .
Powerful video on this: