Friday, January 11, 2013

Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Today, January 11th, has been declared National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.  All around the nation there are various events happening where you can learn more about this horrific problem. 

Modern day slavery.  A term heard more and more often (Praise Jesus!!) is a very real, despicable issue that happens in every country on earth.  It is illegal in every form yet it is a $32 billion dollar a year business and there are an estimated 27-29 million slaves in captivity of some form at any one time.

You can be part of the solution to this problem.  Research the goods you buy, the clothes you wear, even the food you eat.  Where does it come from?  What are the standards and practices in each industry?  Do you know that "Made in America" does not always mean wages, decent working conditions, a 40 hour work week, employees who are legal citizens or immigrants who are actually receiving their wages.

Research, research, research...

I am really enjoying this Made in America series by ABC's World News.  You learn a lot and you discover it's not so hard to find objects actually made in this country.  Additionally, buying items made in America means jobs for America.  We know THAT'S a good thing.

Additionally, the Polaris Project has a new safe harbor petition.  Laws exist in our country that actually criminalize those who are trafficking victims.  Until that changes, many victims of trafficking who could be rescued are re-victimized by our legal system when they are found.  Not out of some sort of vindictiveness but because there is little to nothing the courts can do based upon the way our laws work now.

Finally, there are MANY awareness events going on around the country.  Check the links to your right.  Check with organizations in your area.  If you can, attend an event today and add your voice to the growing number of people who want to see - and help bring - an end to human trafficking.

Proverbs 31:8-9

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