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Human Trafficking

Modern Human Slavery and Trafficking

Today over 20 million girls and boys, women and men toil in bondage, their work and even their bodies the property of an owner.  

  • Economic bondage, paid in grains of rice for their entire daily work
  • Forced prostitution or pornography, with an estimated 2 million children

We help by bringing the issue to the attention of the parish, encouraging them to work through organizations such as International Justice Mission and Polaris Project; by praying; by advocating for laws that will help reduce slavery and provide support to the victims.

You can learn more from the CNN Freedom Project - real stories of real people working to end modern day slavery.

Luke 4
16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

We can do no less as we are Christ’s eyes and hands and feet on earth. Stop by the Peace & Justice table in the narthex to learn more.