Human Trafficking Awareness Month

One of the goals of Impact it to raise your awareness of the callings God has placed on others, and connect you with them to make a greater impact. Each month I’ll be doing this by highlighting a ministry opportunity. January is human trafficking awareness month and the perfect time to help shine some light on ministries working in dark places.January is human trafficking awareness month. Learn more at Impact - sandrapeoples.com

Around the world:

It is estimated that at least 27 million people are currently enslaved around the world, many who have been enslaved through being trafficked. This is more than double the number of Africans enslaved during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. The U.N. and other experts estimate the total market value of illicit human trafficking at -about $10 billion is derived from the initial “sale” of individuals, with the remainder representing the estimated profits from the activities or goods produced by the victims of this barbaric crime. (UNODC)  (via Love146)

In the US:

The U.S. State Department estimates that approximately 14,500 to 17,500 men, women, and children are tracked into the United States annually (U.S. Department of State, 2004). According to ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Tracking of Children for Sexual Purposes), as many as 100,000 U.S. children are forcefully engaged in prostitution or pornography each year. Approximately 300,000 U.S. children are at-risk. (via Love146)

If you want to learn more or find out ways you can get involved, here’s a list of ministries/organizations fighting human trafficking:

  • The Exodus Road– “We’re a non-profit organization that fights modern day slavery through covert investigations. Our coalition of operatives work together to gather evidence and conduct rescues for those trapped in sexual slavery.”
  • Love146– Their goal is “The abolition of child trafficking and exploitation. Nothing less.”
  • Freeset–  “a fair trade business offering employment to women trapped in Kolkata’s sex trade. We make quality jute bags and organic cotton t-shirts, but our business is freedom!”
  • Not for Sale– “fights human trafficking and modern-day slavery around the world. Through international work on the ground and in mainstream supply chains, we proactively target the root causes of slavery while engaging and equipping the movement for freedom.”
  • Women at Risk, International– “unites and educates women to create circles of protection and hope around women at risk through culturally sensitive, value-added intervention projects.”
  • HumanTrafficking.org– “a web resource for combating human trafficking.”
  • Free2Work– “Learn how your favorite brands relate to trafficking and other labor violations.”

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