People don’t realize how prevalent slavery is in the world today. There are approximately 27 million people in slavery right at this very moment, which is more than any other time in history. (1) The United States Department of Justice website has this about human trafficking:
“Contrary to some misconceptions, human trafficking crimes do not require any
smuggling or movement of the victim. While undocumented migrants can be
particularly vulnerable to coercion because of their fear of authorities, traffickers
have demonstrated their ability to exploit other vulnerable populations and have
preyed just as aggressively on documented guest workers and U.S. citizen children.
Indeed, because of the vulnerability of minors, where minors are offered for
commercial sex the statutes do not require proof of force, fraud, or coercion.” (2)
International Justice Mission has been fighting against modern day slavery since 1997, and they aren’t stopping anytime soon. Slavery is happening in our backyard as well as foreign countries like Moldova and Bolivia. (3)
It’s so amazing that I actually get to be a part of this organization. My school just started it’s own chapter literally a week ago, and I get to be on the board. I’m the campus chapter fundraising and special events coordinator for our organization, which is such a blessing because I get to be one of the people raising awareness and raising funds for such a rampant issue. (4) If you want more information, check out ijm.org. That’s the official website for IJM, and I really encourage you to explore that website, dig deeper into what human trafficking is, and to see for yourself how extreme this issue really is. Here’s a short clip, just giving an introduction to IJM and what it stands for. Anyway, I hope you have learned a little bit about what we stand for and why we stand up against injustice.
Job 19:25-“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.”
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