International Human Trafficking Awareness Day

I am so glad that I have this platform to share with everyone something very important…..I want to bring awareness to International Human Trafficking Awareness Day! I have been invested in this for years as far back as 2008 when an Oprah episode opened my eyes then fast forward to a few weeks ago…..and I learned that my church in Oklahoma (Life Church lifechurch.tv) is very involved in this cause as well. I was listening to a message online and Pastor Craig mentioned the organization he is involved with  the A21 Campaign  and here 3 weeks later is the international awareness day.
My Goal???
If this post impacts one person then my job is done!
First lets learn the fact…………….
(from the www.thea21campaign.org site)

There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe. Men, women, and children are being exploited for manual and sexual labor against their will.


THE AVERAGE AGE OF TRAFFICKING 

VICTIMS IS 12 YEARS OLD

Women and children are often kidnapped into the industry or
sold into it by family under desperate circumstances. The
average age of victims continues to grow younger as clients
seek “fresh” product.

1 in 100000 european traffickers is ever convicted

1-2% of victims are rescued

THE PROBLEM

Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings, mainly for the purposes of
forced labor and sex trafficking. As the world’s fastest growing criminal industry,
it affects every nation across the globe. Every thirty seconds, someone is forced
into this type of bondage—modern slavery.

I have done several posts over the book Half The Sky by Nicholas Kristof and I will say it again you should pick up a copy. I would love for you to read a post from 2009 I did about this book…. you can view it HERE!!!!
If you want an easy way to start taking in what Human Trafficking is about as well as what millions of girls go thru around the world then Half The Sky will shed important light.
Lets put a face to this injustice of Human Trafficking……

SO NOW….what can we do? How can we make a difference?
1. You can share the link to this post and become a billboard which is one of the 21 Ways You Can Get Involved via the A21 Campaign.
2. You can take a look at 20 more ways to help by clicking HERE!!!
3. You can donate or purchase products that will be a conversation starter in your life as well as giving money to the A21 campaign. HERE
4. You can tell one friend via phone, text, email, FB or coffee date about the importance of today.

Before I go this is so important I have to share one more short video with you. I hope you are as outraged as I am the more you learn about this……… why is this not something we hear on the news everyday?? That is why this campaign needs you and me to be the voice!

Friends…..Thank you for listening!

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