If you’ve hung around here long enough, you will know that Kevin and I hate human trafficking. It is evil. It is inhumane. It is just wrong. And it destroys the very dignity of human life.
2. Sponsor a Child: You may be reading this, and wondering how this relates. Well, here’s le deal. Most children who are trafficked around the world are those that are most vulnerable. Children who are most vulnerable tend to be those who live in abject poverty, are possibly orphaned, have no means to go to school, have no food, and in the end, have no hope. These are the children traffickers prey on the most. Sponsoring a child is a preventative way to ensure that one more child is not taken advantage of! Most sponsorship programs provide a child with food, shelter, schooling, and hope for the future! About 6 years ago I started sponsoring an adorable girl in Kenya named Maceline. I chose to sponsor through an organization called Compassion International. Not only have Maceline and I developed a friendship through letters, but a few years ago I got to go to Kenya and meet her. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! Every child matters, and to think we have the privilege to help potentially prevent a child from being trafficked is pretty humbling.
3. Read and Watch Movies: To be inspired to end trafficking, we need to know what’s going on. I’ve read some great books through the years, and have seen a number of good documentaries. There are so many, so I will just give you my favorites. Two of my favorite books have been Not for Sale by David Batstone, and Sex Trafficking by Siddarth Kara. Both are a few years old, however the information is just as powerful and haunting. I couldn’t put either of them down. Another inspiring book by a woman who started the A21 campaign is called Undaunted by Christine Cain (I read this on a flight to Amsterdam and was So fired up and inspired!). The BEST movie i’ve ever seen on trafficking is called Nefarious: Merchant of Souls. I cannot recommend a movie more than this one. It is powerful, informative, and pulls you in from the start. If you want more resources, my friend Chantal has a really great post with more information here.
4. Reach out to Foster Children: If anything has surprised me in the last year, it has been learning this fact alone: According to Stephen Bauman of World Relief, last year in California, 60% of the victims rescued from trafficking on a particular raid had at one time been foster children. 60%!! I could not believe the correlation between trafficking and foster care. It made me so sad. And yet, it makes sense that children that do not grow up in a family unit and are sent out into the world at 18 with no support system, are generally more susceptible to traffickers. Many times these traffickers pose as their boyfriends, and then begin to force them into prostitution. Spend some time praying today over children in the foster care system. If God has put it on your heart to adopt or be a foster parent, pursue this dream!! We need more loving foster and adoptive parents out there to open their homes!
5. Find a good organization fighting trafficking, and GIVE! We don’t have to invent the wheel on how to fight trafficking, but we can support those who are trained in rescuing and rehabilitating the enslaved. There are some incredible people doing wonderful things in the world, and often times what they need to keep going is money. That’s just the bottom line. Here are a few organizations that I believe are worth giving to: A21 Campaign, Agape International Missions, International Justice Mission, Love146, Tiny Hands, Not for Sale.
There are also many wonderful businesses that sell gorgeous products made my survivors of human trafficking! Choose to shop responsibly and maybe think about going with one of these awesome companies next time you shop…here are my favorites:
Sari Bari- For stunning quilts made out of old sari’s, this is my favorite. I swoon over them all:)
iSanctuary- Lovely jewelry made by survivors in India!
Free Set- This is a great company if you are looking to get bulk orders of bags/shirts printed!
Elagantees– A sweet friend sent me a shirt of theirs recently, and I love their mission!
Friends, we are only given one life to live.
If I were trafficked and held in horrific bondage,
I would hope someone would be doing something to find and rescue me.
You are someone.
And you can do something.
I hope that’s enough impetus to get you started today:)
Let’s act, because we can.
*just as an fyi, the girls whose faces show in the pictures are not victims of trafficking. I never will post a picture of a child or adult who is a victim of trafficking. The girls faces you see are friends of mine, however their beautiful faces are a good reminder of those who are trapped in bondage*