“Refuse to do Nothing” Bible Study #humantrafficking

refuse to do nothingAt 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,

Natasha

 

Refuse to do Nothing: You Have Purchasing Power

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.

Part 4- Know Your Power (Corrected)

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

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Refuse to do Nothing: The Congo, Your Phone, and Child Slaves

Chapter 10: 

How can you eat, how can you drink,

How wear your finery, and ne’er think

Of those poor souls, in bondage held,

Whose painful labor is compelled?

Anonymous

Featuring a "Children and Trafficking" Expert Panel
Featuring a “Children and Trafficking” Expert Panel

This was perhaps one of the most difficult chapters in the book for me to read. It was difficult because it talks about the violence of trafficking as it relates to children, particularly child soldiers. It was also difficult because I was painfully aware that is some ways, I am a part of this trafficking problem. I like to purchase good quality products for cheap. To me, the only thing better than a cheap quality product, is a free one. As a consumer, this demand puts pressure on businesses and suppliers to make products at the lowest possible expense and that decision often includes (though not always intentionally) slavery.

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