Human Trafficking

While being in South Africa, God has put Human Trafficking on my heart through books, bible verses and other people.

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”

Isaiah 42:1-4

I’m not certain about where God wants to take me with this desire but I do know that I need to stand up for the injustice in the world.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING HAS TO STOP!

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery.

Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings, mainly for the purposes of forced labour and sex trafficking. Every nation across the globe is affected as it’s the world’s fastest growing criminal industry. Every 30 seconds, someone becomes a victim of modern-day slavery.

There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe. Men, women, and children are being exploited for manual and sexual labour against their will. Human trafficking fuels the growth of organised crime, undermining health, safety, security, and the basic needs of humanity. It is the fastest growing crime in the world.

1-2% of victims are ever rescued. This breaks my heart as God has created us to live free lives. These girls and women should not be taken away from their families, given false hope about making money in another country or being abused and violated. These victims live scared and abused lives with no hope. They need to be saved and rescued.

The average age of a trafficking victim is 12 years old.This means there are children, yes children, under this age being used for sex. This a disgusting and terrible thought. I teach children this age. They should be living happy and innocent lives in a safe environment. Not being abused.  We all have rights including children.

Millie’s Story

Millie is a courageous survivor who has beaten the odds and displayed a resiliency that inspires us to new heights in the fight against human trafficking.

The only home she had ever known was broken, and always lacking. She grew up not only in the midst of material poverty, but a deeper impoverishment of love and security. Millie would watch TV and see images of beautiful women who looked so happy and content.

She longed to be one of those women.

She felt lost, and one day when she met a handsome and charming man who vowed to love and protect her, she thought she had been found. He promised her that Greece would hold a better life for them, one where they could build their life together and someday have a family.

But as she crossed the Greek border, all of her dreams were shattered. She was left with a group of men who beat her, and the more she tried to escape the more intense the threats and beatings would become.

As one day rolled into the next, Millie courageously held on. For four long months she worked the fields during the day and was forced to service men at night.

One day she saw her opportunity to escape as a bus was passing by. She ran for her life and jumped on, hiding for hours until she reached Thessaloniki.  She found a phone and called the police for help, and they brought her to safety to a shelter.

When she arrived, she was not only bringing herself to safety, but also her unborn child. For months she struggled over what to do with a child conceived under such harsh and painful circumstances.

But with the love and support she received, she saw that life could come out of such a dark and painful circumstance.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Thomas
    Feb 25, 2015 @ 09:19:21

    Great story. It’s incredible how resilient these survivors are

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