You may well know that with 30 million people enslaved in human trafficking right now, this is a complex issue to combat. There are many factors that contribute to human trafficking, including but not limited to, the demand for it, people’s greed, and the lack of respect for women.
When I first heard the statistic that said one percent of people trafficked are ever rescued, it left me feeling terribly sad and somewhat hopeless. I want to help end this injustice! That is why I am taking part in the Freedom Challenge this October. But there are also many other small ways that I can help fight human trafficking. The same goes for you!
Here is a none extensive list of ways to help those caught in slavery right now.
- Using Your Buying Power
Part of modern day slavery involves forced labour. This means that we, as regular consumers of everyday products, can use our buying power to make purchases that help, and not hurt people.
Every week I go grocery shopping. This means I will purchase not only food, but toiletries, and possibly clothes for my family and I. I have recently started looking closely at the packaging of each item I buy to see if it was made ethically, or by fair trade. Labels I look for are ones like these.
We live in a world of excess, so when you are looking for something like coffee, most of the time there is not only one type. There are many different types of coffee beans to choose from. Instead of buying one that you’re not sure were made ethically, purchase one that was. In this small way, you are helping people earn a proper wage, and making sure that you are not supporting child/forced labour.
Using your buying power does make a difference. And if you want to make an even bigger impact, you can research different companies that directly help people escape modern day slavery. To start, click here to find all sorts of items that help people escape human trafficking!
2. Loving and Support Those that are Marginalized
According to Huffington Post, “Most of the children who are being bought and sold for sex in our nation are foster care children.” This means that for us to care about people being trafficked, it must include those who are orphans or in foster care.
I have some incredible friends who have in the past and still do take foster kids into their homes. For them, it is a matter of the heart. When they take this child or children, the point is to give them a safe and loving place to grow. This child becomes their child, not just a project to fix.
Perhaps God is calling you to adopt or foster. Even if that is not your path, you can still support people around you who do foster! Whether it is through your prayers, babysitting, cooking meals, etc. it all helps!
By caring for children who wouldn’t have a home or know love otherwise, we are potentially helping one more child not become a victim of trafficking.
3. Raising Children of Integrity
I am blessed to be the mother of a son and a daughter. It is important for me to raise them as people with integrity.
As I raise my daughter, I want her to know where her true value lies and what it means to be beautiful. I’ll often ask her, “What is the most beautiful part of you?” On cue, she will reply, “My heart!” When we spread love and kindness, it is truly a beautiful thing!
I also want her to know that it is important to say “No” when someone asks you to do something you are not comfortable with, or that you don’t want to do. I want her to care for others while standing up for what is right!
If she knows that she is loved, valued, wonderful, and has something great to offer this world, then she will not be desperate to earn love in the wrong places.
As for my son, when he was born, it was my prayer that he would grow up to be a gentleman. I will not believe the lie that chivalry is completely dead and that there is no such thing as gentlemen anymore. I’m not talking about opening up car doors, but rather something much more significant.
Raising our son means sharing with him the fact that you treat women with respect. That women are not objects but rather wonderful people. He has such a big heart already and watching him care for and laugh with his friends, boys and girls, gives me joy. It is also important for him to see his dad treat me with love, respect, and care. Although we are far from perfect, actions do speak louder than words.
The truth is, that as you raise your children to treat human beings with respect, it matters. Believe it or not, this is truly another way that we are fighting trafficking together.
The effects of prayer can often go unseen. This should not negate the fact that prayer has the power to move mountains. We have the God of the universe on our side, listening to the cries of our heart. Although God will not often intercede, as he has given us free will, our prayers are powerful!
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16
Lord, give me the strength today to do what I can do to help end human trafficking and give the rest to You. You see each and every person caught in this darkness right now. Lord, I ask that you be their strength and guide, allowing them the courage to break free, and that there would be organizations ready to support them as they do! Amen.
Thank you for joining in this crucial fight to end modern day slavery! May God give you strength and courage as you do so!