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7 Reasons Why Christians Are Fighting to End Human Trafficking

By    |   Thursday, 26 March 2015 01:27 PM

Human trafficking is a form of slavery, and of great concern to Christian human rights groups. Traffickers either force, fraud or coerce people into performing work or sex acts against their will. The Federal Bureau of Investigation looks into hundreds of human trafficking cases each year. Many times, the victims are immigrants forced to work, or young girls forced into prostitution with no way out.

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The estimated profit from the exploitation of trafficked forced labor around the world is estimated to be $31.6 billion each year. Many Christian groups work alongside government agencies trying to provide help for victims.

Here are 7 reasons why Christians are fighting to end human trafficking:

1. Because Jesus offers freedom: According to Agape International Missions, which fights human trafficking in Cambodia, the message of Jesus includes the message of freedom, which is counter to the slavery many girls in brothels experience. While they share this message of faith, they believe it is important not to force anyone into statements of belief.

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2. To protect children: Protecting children is a basic Christian mandate. In Matthew 25:40, Jesus said, “When you did it to one of the least of these by brothers and sister you were doing it to me.” UN’s Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking estimates about 2.5 million people around the world are enslaved at any given time. About 1.2 million children are victims of trafficking each year.

3. Belief that every person is created in the image of God: Christians believe in the value of every human life. Human trafficking assaults the dignity of humans and preys on the poorest and most oppressed people. The Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST) describes a biblical mandate from Jesus to care for the “vulnerable and exploited.”

4. The Evil of Human Trafficking:
FAAST also points to the inherent evil nature of slavery and human trafficking because it “seeks to destroy God’s image in people and corrupt his purposes for humanity.

5. Love of God: COATNET calls the love of God one of the shared Christian principles that bring their partner organizations together in the fight against human trafficking.

6. The problem is growing: The World Relief Organization calls human trafficking “the world’s second largest and fastest growing criminal industry.” According to the FBI, between 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States each year and only a few hundred cases are prosecuted.

7. Fighting trafficking and promoting awareness builds local communities: According to Samaritan’s Purse, among the benefits of educating the poor about the threat of human trafficking is “fewer children are dropping out of school now that they understand the dangers that lurk in the streets."  This group believes helping potential immigrants understand safe migration issues will help protect them from becoming victims of human trafficking.

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

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