At the beginning of the year, we completed a chapter-by-chapter book discussion of Refuse to do Nothing: Finding your Power to Abolish Modern-day Slavery. Throughout the series, we learned basic facts about human trafficking or modern-day slavery. Including the following:
- Human trafficking is the commercial exploitation of individuals through sex, labor, or both where force, fraud, and/or coercion are brought to bear in keeping victims locked into slavery.
- Global Slavery Index estimates there are 29.8 million children, women, and men enslaved around the world today. It is estimated to be a $32 billion dollar industry.
- Between 100,000 – 300,000 US children are estimated to be at risk to human trafficking; the average entry age into prostitution is between 11 and 13 years old.
- Children represent 21% of all farm worker related deaths in the US.
I am still partnering with organizations like the International Justice Mission and World Relief to take a stand against this horrible crime and injustice.
Today, I am excited to report a new product to assist you in educating others. Intervarsity Press is now offering a FREE downloadable Bible Study Companion written by my fellow Redbud Writer, Catherine Carlson McNiel.
You can find the resource here: http://www.ivpress.com/title/disc/4302.pdf
Have a great weekend,
Chapter 12 leads us into the last four chapters of the book which all focus on our power. The reality is that we have more power than we think. Today, we center our discussion on our purchasing power.
Can you image what would happen if the church in America
began seeing itself as the conscience of the free market? Can you imagine the
enormous blessings that it could pour out on the rest of the world simply by
deciding to ensure that justice and compassion are built into how the
products we need and use every day are sourced?
– Nathan George, Trade As One
Continue reading “Refuse to do Nothing: You Have Purchasing Power”
The best defense against modern-day slavery is a vigilant public. Be a nosy neighbor. – Kevin Bale, The Slave Next Door
Here is the truth:
- Thousands of immigrants be tricked into forced labor annually (94)
- “Victims of domestic servitude make up the 2nd-highest form of slavery in the US (95)”
- “Major food-buying corporations are profiting from extremely low—often artificially low—cost of produce (97)”
Continue reading “Refuse to do Nothing: Be the Nosy Neighbor #HumanTrafficking”