If you believe that slavery is over you are wrong. Human trafficking is modern day slavery. Every year millions of women, children and men are sold into the sex industry or as laborers. Victims show up on farms, in homes as child care providers and in brothels.
The Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking in Knoxville is making it easy for us to become abolitionists in this new era. To raise awareness they simply ask that you be a "light in the darkness". All you have to do is wearing white on 1.11.11. Most of us have a white shirt, jacket or blouse that we can wear. If not, it's easy to fold a ribbon or make a white armband. It couldn't be easier to speak out against human trafficking.
Churches and faith based communities can get teach their congregations to look beneath the surface. By using resources for human trafficking awareness it's possible to educate and inform groups. Every one person that understands is one person who can potentially help another.
Churches looking for resources for Human Trafficking Awareness Day or month may be interested in the following links:
- Evangelical Covenant Church has worship resources, songs and even a six-week study.
- UrbanMinistry.org has links to YouTube videos, stats, books and more.
- Human Trafficking Becomes Ecumenical Target is an article by the United Methodist New Service that puts faces and stories behind the statistics.
- The General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church has Facts and Faith cards available. These are helpful for raising awareness and for Bible study.