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MONTHLY SPOTLIGHT: Trafficking in Persons


By faith Abraham…set out for a place…not knowing where he was going. [Hebrews 11] At any given time, 20-27 million people, not knowing where they are going, end up in the second largest and fastest growing illegal trade in the world. The human trafficking industry is valued at some $32 billion and its commodity is abused laborers, indentured servants and sex slaves.
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Senator Bob Corker (R-TN): Inspired by the call-to-action in a sermon he heard in Tennessee, Senator Corker has become the leading congressional champion of the anti-trafficking movement.

After traveling to Manila in 2014 and meeting with a group of women rescued from the sex trade, Senator Corker has led the pursuit to cut in half, forced labor and trafficking, within 7 years. The Senator is the lead co-sponsor of the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act, potentially the largest effort in world history to upend this industry. This bill seeks to leverage U.S. foreign assistance, private sector and foreign assistance from other countries, to establish a nonprofit foundation dedicated to combating global slavery. The legislation would set up an international fund to provide grants to programs and projects outside the U.S., working to free victims and assist countries’ law enforcement in punishing people and companies that profit. With over 40 bipartisan co-sponsors, this legislation is awaiting Senate floor time.

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Many Americans think the U.S. is immune to modern-day slavery. You’ll be surprised to see your personal “slavery footprint” and will want to check out informative visualization data by country and commodity, and companies that are committed to insuring their products and services do not rely on slave labor. You can use your faith voice to influence other companies to do better. Read 15 ways the U.S. State Department suggests we can help fight Human Trafficking.

Christian, Jewish and Muslim scriptures address slavery. Dozens of faith-based efforts believe the fight against modern day slavery is a moral and religious call. Find out what many are doing on the Faith for International Assistance (FIA) clergy resources page.
MODERN SLAVERY: As near our your grocery store

Conflict zones are the perfect storm for traffickers: violence, hunger and poverty, the breakdown of social systems. The current global refugee and immigration crisis, the largest since WWII, has fed this growing and lucrative industry. But modern slavery is not only found in warzones:
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Lang Long had dreams of providing for his family so he left Cambodia on the promise of a construction job in Thailand. Instead, he was forced to work on a fishing vessel where he was chained by a rusty metal collar around his neck to an anchor post so he couldn’t escape. He was regularly beaten with a metal pole and allowed little rest; his only water came from fish barrels. [Read more about Lang Long’s story in the New York Times.]
Enslaved crewmembers like Lang Long are mere teens, forced to work 18-to-20-hour days, denied medical care and force-fed amphetamines to work through the pain. “The economic incentives are there,” says Secretary of State John Kerry. “Which is precisely why illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing practices have grown into a $20 billion a year industry.”

Secretary Kerry shared more haunting stories while delivering the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report, the most comprehensive report rating how effectively 190 governments deal with human trafficking. [CNN created an excellent summary.] “All 20 million are people just like everybody here. They have names. They have or had families and they are enforced to endure a hell – a living hell in modern times that no human being should ever have to experience.” Secretary Kerry called for a global, coordinated effort that is “desperately needed and long overdue. And let me tell you something – with the help of the Senate, Bob Corker (R-TN), and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and others, that is exactly what we intend to do.”

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NEWS SNAPSHOT: Faith on Trafficking
Pope Francis meets women rescued from sex trade Josephine McKenna, Religion News Service
Safe Haven for Sex Trafficked Girls Coming to Texas -
Breitbart Breitbart News

Entangled Injustices: Refugees, Water, Human Trafficking Rev. Cameron Trimble/Susan Barnett

Paradise, Disturbed: The Torah on Strangers Rabbi Ari Hart

Affirming Life by Affirming the Stranger in Our Midst Sharon L. Miller, PhD.

Group helps sex-trafficking survivors while trying to open Muskegon Michigan Live

Madison faith groups mobilize to fight human trafficking locally The Daily Cardinal (Wisconsin)

Local outreach ministers to victims of sex trafficking The Clarion‑Ledger (Mississippi)

Faith community steps up to fight child sex trafficking | KEYE Austin (Texas)

Child sex slaves being sold in Williamson County | WKRN News 2 Nashville (Tennessee)

Vatican sponsors UN panel on Human Trafficking

“I found myself in a huge fishbowl with other girls. Men were bidding by shining laser lights on us.” Gita was tricked and sold as a sex slave. When she was sent to get her hair styled, it was an opportunity for She is Safe to rescue her and move her to safety, where she is now building a new life.
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