Let My People Go – Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Today, January 11th, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. To help raise awareness of the scourge of human trafficking around the world, I asked my good friend, Kathi Macias to write a guest post. Kathi is a prolific, award-winning author, but the book she wrote that most touched me was her novel, Deliver Me From Evil that put a face to human trafficking. You can read my review. But first, read Kathi’s informative post about this all important issue: 

The term “human trafficking” or “trafficking in persons” (TIP) often draws raised eyebrows and skeptical expressions—until statistics are laid out to show that approximately 27 million people are enslaved today, whether for the purposes of slave labor, prostitution, or involuntary organ “donations.”

The Salvation Army has made the rescue of those enslaved around the world their number-one goal at this time, holding seminars and conferences to educate people and to garner support from various individuals and organizations.

The United Nations describes TIP in this way:

“The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”

In a nutshell, human trafficking is modern-day slavery, and it is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. It is currently tied with the illegal arms industry for the second largest criminal industry in existence, with the drug industry being the only one to edge it out.

Oh, I know. Most people naively believe that human trafficking happens only in faraway countries—Thailand or Cambodia, perhaps. True, it does occur there at a tragic rate. But it also takes place right here in the United States daily, to such an extent that some states are instituting task forces to try and stop it. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot promises that their new task force “will take an aggressive stand against human traffickers, who have turned Texas into a hub for international and domestic forced labor and prostitution rings.”[1]

Another myth about human trafficking is that it only involves adults. Millions of children around the world are crying out in pain and terror over the heartbreaking error of that statement. According to Wikepedia, trafficking in children may come about as an “exploitation of the parents’ extreme poverty. Parents may sell children to traffickers in order to pay off debts or gain income, or they may be deceived concerning the prospects of training and a better life for their children. They may sell their children for labor, sex trafficking, or illegal adoptions.”

Can there be anything that grieves the Father’s heart more than the forced enslaving of people made in His own image—by others bearing that same divine imprint? I believe each time anyone becomes aware of such evil and cries out against it, that cry is spurred by the Father’s own pain. If ever the Church needed to be involved in helping to right a human wrong, it’s now. Human trafficking must stop! And each of us who names the Name of Christ must ask the Father what He wants us to do to help make that happen.

In my case, that includes writing about it—every chance I get, including blogs, letters, articles, and a new fiction-based-on-real-life series that I’m just now starting. Will you pray for me as I research and write it? And will you also pray and ask God what you can do to answer His heart cry of “Let My people go”? Millions of enslaved human beings around the world are depending on you to respond.


[1] www.humantrafficking.org, “News and Updates,” April 5, 2010.

 

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9 thoughts on “Let My People Go – Human Trafficking Awareness Day

  1. Kathi's report is something we all should read. Most of us know only that human trafficking is a horrible thing. Beyond that, we could convey little of worth to another. I am posting this article on my Facebook wall today. Thank you, Kathi.

  2. Thank you for posting Kathi's article about the horror of this crime. We must pray for freedom from this sin in the hearts of criminals and pray for ways to help this to be stopped !

  3. Kathi, this was a great article to illustrate the problem that is growing in the world and in the United States. Thank you for giving us this information. Saving Hope, my Abingdon Press novel coming out in March, is set in Texas and is about human trafficking. When I read your excellent book, Kathi, I was so glad to see someone else covering a problem I care deeply about.

  4. Daniel and Kathi, thank you for being brave and bold about this horrific situation our world is in. Slavery in one form or another is always wrong!

    I read Deliver Me From Evil and it has made a huge impression upon me.

    God bless you both!

  5. Kathi, as you have pointed out, trafficking in this country happens also. I became aware of this when reading of employers who take advantage of people illegally in this country to work them for slave wages or for prostitution.

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