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7 Christian Groups Working to End Human Trafficking

By Karen Ridder   |   Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 01:59 PM

Human trafficking is against human dignity and civil rights. Christians seeking to spread compassion and hope often help the efforts of governmental agencies trying to root out the perpetrators and free victims from this modern-day form of slavery.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center reports
that traffickers are people who force, fraud or coerce people into performing work or sex acts against their will. Most often, in the United States, those people are either young girls or immigrants.

Here are 7 Christian groups whose mission is to fight human trafficking:

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1. Agape International Missions: This group seeks to stop human trafficking in Cambodia. The California based group started as a church planting group, but since has been committed since 2005 to ending child sexual slavery.

2. COATNET: This organization, COATNET, which stands for Christian Organizations Against Trafficking in Human Beings, links Christian groups, including the Catholic Church, to internationally fight the problem.

3. Covenant House: This group focuses on homeless children in the United States, who are a vulnerable group for human trafficking. This group estimates that 1 in 3 homeless kids will be approached by a human trafficker within 48 hours of being on the streets. The ministry provides housing and necessities, it also advocates for laws to protect children and put an end to human trafficking.

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4. Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking: FAAST is a joint effort of several Christian organizations against human trafficking. It is an arm of the group World Relief, which also seeks to help refugees of all kinds. The group provides training and research as well as promoting collaboration between member organizations on the issue.

5. Compassion 2 One:  This Seattle-based organization works to save children from sex trafficking. The group promotes education and awareness of child abduction and trafficking that happens throughout the world. The group also promotes a “Protect-her” movement that encourages men to take a pledge not to participate in activities that support the sex trade including pornography and prostitution.

6. Joyce Meyer Ministries:The Hand of Hope ministry supported my Joyce Meyer Ministries works in Thailand, Ethiopia, Eastern Europe, Cambodia and the United States. The ministry focuses on offering housing as a way out of the sex trade for women who have been coerced into trafficking and prostitution as a way out of poverty.

7. CBN Ministries: CBN Ministries estimates 27 million world-wide victims of human trafficking. The group says the average age of these victims is just 12 years old. CBN works with partner organizations to ease poverty and meet the needs of vulnerable women and children around the world.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center offers a help hotline for anyone who either suspects human trafficking or victims looking for help. The phone number is 1-888-373-7888.

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