Human Trafficking is the illegal trade of people, mainly for the purposes of forced labor and sexual exploitation. As the world’s fastest growing criminal industry, it affects every nation across the globe. 99% of victims are never rescued. Every 30 seconds somebody is forced into the bondage of modern-day slavery. Twenty-seven million is the conservative estimate of slaves worldwide; which is more than at any time in history. Often these victims of slavery are kidnapped or even sold by families under desperate circumstances. As the demand to exploit men, women, and children for manual labor and sexual exploitation increases, the average age of victims continues to fall.
A21 has developed an effective four-pillar response to human trafficking: Prevention (Awareness & Education), Protection, Prosecution and Partnership. Using this approach they raise awareness to prevent future trafficking, prosecute perpetrators, and provide aftercare and restoration to victims. Globally they...
· PREVENT young people from being trafficked through their awareness programs, as well as educate and mobilize students to take action through their secondary school curriculum and A-Team resources.
· PROTECT victims in their shelters and transition homes, providing an aftercare program to see them truly restored and set free.
· PROSECUTE traffickers to ensure that justice is upheld.
· PARTNERSHIP with local authorities and other organizations to gather intelligence, as well as the use of their hotline(s), to assist in victim identification and see victims rescued.
A representative from A21 Campaign is coming to speak with us this Sunday to shed more light on this issue in our community and how we as a church can come together to combat this. To learn more about human trafficking or about A21, check out their website www.a21.org.