Slavery Still Exists..And Not So Far Away.
February 23, 2017
Today is a day like any other day, at least in most ways. However, today there is one more step to do outside of the normal getting ready routine…
I pause to draw a big RED Χ on my hand.
Each February, End It Movement sponsors “Shine a Light on Slavery” Day. It is a one day event which focuses on raising awareness of the issue of human trafficking and modern slavery. As I draw the red X this morning, my thoughts go back to 2011 when I met the staff of International Justice Mission for the first time at the Passion Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the past 6 years now, my life has been radically changed because of the information I have learned, the survivors I have worked with, and other Freedom Fighters who challenge me. Here is what we want you to know…
Today, on this planet, an estimated 45 million people live in slavery. Oh, you thought slavery was a thing of the past? No. Actually, there are more slaves on this planet today than at any other time in the history of the planet. And every 30 seconds a new human being becomes a victim of modern slavery with a really low chance of ever getting out, as the rescue rate for trafficked victims is less than 1.1%.
Human trafficking takes many forms. Two of which are sex trafficking and forced labor.
Every country is affected by it.
Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world.
Today, a HUMAN BEING can be PURCHASED for less than $100 and it is only getting cheaper due to an extremely high rate of investment.
Globally, human traffickers make an estimated annual profit of $150 billion – that’s more than the annual profits of Google, Nike, Starbucks, Disney, the NFL and the MLB, with most of this money being generated from sex trafficking.
Human trafficking knows no one single age, gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status!
Globally, over 26% of all people trafficked are CHILDREN, with 80% of these being YOUNG GIRLS.
In the US alone, over 100,000 children are exploited for sex trafficking in any given year…WITHOUT CROSSING ANY BORDERS.
“What in the world could I possibly do to combat such a huge issue?”
There are many things you can do to be involved and I would love to share those with you, but may I ask you, implore you moms…to start in your own home? We have to focus on the supply and demand issue. This is not something that just happens across the ocean. These are our own daughters and sons.
I encourage you to have positive conversations with your children about sex. We shy away from this topic, but it is actually a way we show our children that we love them and want to protect them. They will learn about it, and probably in a distorted way, if we wait to allow the world to teach them. When your children ask questions about it, answer them. You don’t have to wait until your children reach a certain age. That is a misconception. In conversations about human trafficking, you should really be intentional to discuss it at elementary age and higher. For younger children, you can discuss discerning “good touch” from “bad touch”.
When discussing with teens, use the language that they know. It is called “sex trafficking” but they will know it as “pimping” and “prostitution”. Use this language and help them draw connections to better understand trafficking. They need to be aware, as this is the form of trafficking we see most readily right here in our own community. Pimps will lure, commonly through social media, then using force, fraud and/or coercion, they will trap the victim and force them into prostitution.
Open conversation in the home about tough issues like this, make healthy homes!
We have to raise children to know how to recognize what a pimp is, what a gang looks like and what forced prostitution is about. We have to stop being so concerned about giving our children privacy. If you do not know your child’s password on their devices and on their computers, you are inviting the predator right into your own living room. This is prevention! I have heard so many survivors tell their stories and most commonly they share that their first contact by their predator was on social media.
So, what are you willing to do to make a difference concerning human trafficking and modern slavery in your lifetime? Would you consider your purchasing power, your ability to raise awareness in your own circles of influence, perhaps get involved in the work being done here in Northwest Arkansas and across the globe? But, first, let’s stand in the gap for those that are in our own homes. Standing with you each one! Shine bright Mommas!
Hello! My name is Jenny (Blue) Sorey and I am a native of Northwest Arkansas. I know, don’t faint, we are a rare breed these days! I live in Little Flock with my husband, Tim, and we are enjoying our empty-nest as we are parents to two grown children. I have worked in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years and am Founder and Executive Director of J Sorey Consulting, specializing in early childhood education consulting. I currently spend most of my time working as a Freedom Fighter, standing in the gap for victims of human trafficking both internationally and locally. I founded Hub of HOPE, a Northwest Arkansas based coalition which works to bring healing and opportunities to victims of human trafficking and prevention and education to the Northwest Arkansas community. I am also blessed to work with International Justice Mission as a volunteer advocate, to serve as the NWA Representative for PATH – Partners Against Trafficking Humans, and to serve on the Advisory Council for Freedom 58. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]