Attempting to inform, remember actions taken, and inspire next steps in the fight against modern-day slavery. Originally presented to an assembly of Woodridge United Methodist Church committees on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Jan. 11, 2011.
“Learn to do good; seek justice,rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” -Isaiah 1:17
“The Spirit of the Lord is uponme, because he has anointed meto bring good news to the poor...
...He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives andrecovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free...” -Luke 4:18
A Few Trafficking Facts:National Human Trafficking Hotline began in December 2007and has taken over 25,000 calls.In 2008: 5500+ callsIn 2009: 7600+ callsIn 2010: 11,500+ calls
More Trafficking Facts:Cases of trafficking have been reported in ALL 50 U.S. statesPimp controlled sex trafficking most common type reported inU.S. Forced prostitution is largest market for slave labor in USAFBI estimates mid-level trafficker can make $500,000+ per yearStudy found people from 35 countries in slave labor in USA.Most from China, Mexico & Vietnam
Types of Trafficking:LABOR SLAVERY Meet Maria Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) - agreed to terms w/ Compass Group, world’s largest food service company Still holding out: Kroger, Aramark, Wendy’s, Quizno’s, Costco & Wal-Mart
Types of Trafficking:SEX SLAVERY Consider Edgardo Sensi Accounts for 1/2 of all slaves in USA, mostly women and children
Consider this...“Most slaves in America are volunteers at first. Today slave takersrarely have to coerce or kidnap their victims. They just open adoor to ‘opportunity’ and slaves walk in. Slave recruiters appearfriendly and full of news about good jobs with good pay.” -KevinBales, The Slave Next Door
WUMC’S Efforts to End Slavery:Nov. 2009 Screened “At the End of Slavery”Nov. 2009 Joined IL Rescue & Restore CoalitionDec. 2009 Gave portion of Christmas Offering to (what wouldbecome) Anne’s HouseMarch 2010 WNL’s “End Demand” program w/ boysApril 2010 Canvased local businesses to hang posters (Changethe World/Outreach Day event)
WUMC’S Efforts to End Slavery, continued:May 2010 Collected $1000+ in gift cards for STOP-ITJune 2010 Sex slavery survivors told their stories at Adult VBSclassDec. 2010 Christmas Offering again collected for Anne’s House
What will be our next steps?Screen another film?Promote “End Demand” Curriculum in our schools????
What You Can Do Today:Buy Fair TradeEnd demand by not purchasing sex industry commodities(Vegas, anyone?)Take outreach materials to salons, massage parlors, truck stops,restaurantsPray that God will use us to help end slavery