January is National Human Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness month.
Yesterday, 1/1/11, was National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
According to Change.org, “Slavery is more affordable, more widespread and more entrenched in 2011 than it was in ancient Rome or the antebellum South of America. Modern-day slaves, also called human trafficking victims, can be male or female, from any country or representing any ethnicity.”
What does that mean?
An estimated 27 million people created in God’s image are currently enslaved worldwide.
80% of those are women and children.
Absolutely sickening, isn’t it? 😦
Whether they be trapped in forced manual labor, sold into the sex trade, or some other abhorrent form of bondage, they need our concern and prayers. It’s not enough, though, to be merely saddened for a few minutes by the numbers and/or throw up a prayer now-and-then on behalf of the slaves.
No. we must be moved to action, not just to temporal tears or feelings of lament.
We must remember we’re Jesus’ hands and feet and called to bring freedom in His name.
We must not only say along with the 44,000 college students that attended Passion 2012 that freedom for all in Jesus’ name must be the battle cry of our generation; we must move past mere emotions and ACT.
We must do something – NOW before the 27 million turns into 54 or, God-forbid, 100 million.
If giving financially is not something with which you feel comfortable, there are plenty of other ways you can be a part of the movement to end modern-day slavery.
Here’s just a few:
- Learn about your slavery footprint HERE and then share it with others to spur them on to change, as well.
- Demand fair-trade goods by contacting your favorite retailers with your concerns about the current slavery epidemic.
- Download the Free2Work app on your phone, which scans products’ bar codes and then grades companies on a scale of “A” to “F” based on their efforts to prevent and to address forced and child labor.
- Raise awareness by hosting a block party with some friends and neighbors and show the Freedom film which exposes the slave industry for what it is.
I’m by no means an expert on advocating for human slavery. I am just starting my journey of advocacy for those who cannot free themselves and am sure I have a lot to learn, a lot in all honesty part of me doesn’t want to learn. Why?
Because if I can no longer use naivety as an excuse (not that it truly is, anyway), I am accountable to the truth I know….truth that will be a catalyst for change or deeply convict me for my silence.
It doesn’t have to be this way.