Not For Sale!

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A little bit about me: I'm a twenty-something who enjoys food, people and the outdoors - including my new found hobby of disc golf. 

When I was tasked with writing for the blog I asked myself the question, “What do I want all of the readers to know about?” It didn’t take me long to realize I needed to talk about the issue of Human Trafficking: The illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation as one definition defines it. I think and hope that we all would agree that the buying and selling of other human beings is wrong. You might say, “Josh that sounds like slavery,” well you would be one hundred percent correct because that is exactly what Human Trafficking is……SLAVERY.

Most of us (especially Westerners) when we hear the word slavery we immediately think of the transatlantic slave trade that took place from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries and involved approximately twelve million people enslaved from Africa. That is the slavery that we learned about in our history classes.

And if we were ignorant enough we might say, “Josh what are you talking about? Slavery ended when Abe Lincoln freed the slaves”. Sadly, brothers and sisters that isn’t the case. Slavery is more alive today than maybe it ever has been.

Here are some facts for you to chew on:

27 million…….that is the number of the slaves worldwide today

$90………..the average amount that a person’s life is bought and sold for

161…..the number of countries affected by human trafficking

17,500…..how many people are trafficked through the U.S. each year

14……the average age of trafficking victims

Now, you might say Josh I never knew this was going on... What can I do? My challenge to you is to first become educated on the subject. Do some research, read, and talk to others. I would encourage you to start by checking out an organization called The End It Movement which will provide you with a ton of information and resources. There are many books out there on the subject but one of my personal favorites is Not For Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade--and How We Can Fight It by David Batstone. He provides reader’s with information on the global slave trade as well as emotional stories of people who have been freed from their chains physically and spiritually. I know I have just dropped a lot of information of you but I needed you to know so that you may become aware and continue to spread the word so that we can free those who are enslaved.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you will find time to check out a couple of the resources I have mentioned as well.

J.D.C.

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Hey, Josh, thanks for this post. One thing that astounds me is the local problem of trafficking. At the Emmanuel Gospel Center where I work as one of the Chapel missionaries, we have a person working full time to coordinate a Christian church-based response right here in Massachusetts. You can learn more about Sarah's work here: http://egc.org/abolition or talk to me.

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