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Your Move: 5 Ways to Fight Human Trafficking

Tenth Avenue North - published on 09/21/16

For Those Who Can’t Speak

I will use my voice for those who can’t speak.

Christ has no body now but yours.

No hands, no feet on earth but yours.

Yours are the eyes through which

He looks with compassion on this world.

Yours are the feet with which

He walks to do good.

Yours are the hands with which

He blesses all the world.

– St. Teresa of Ávila

Trafficking is a crime against humanity, and we as Christians cannot turn a blind eye. Christ came to set the captives free, and today we must be His body that moves to action. We must be His arms that embrace the victims. We must be His voice that speaks for those who have none.

The band Tenth Avenue North wrote the song “For Those Who Can’t Speak” to raise awareness about trafficking, and they invite you to share it using the hashtag #SlavesNoMore.

But that’s just step one. So-called “hashtag activism” is important for creating awareness, but what happens 48 hours later when it is buried under the latest Kardashian news? What of the victims then? Yes, we all know now that they exist, but what are we doing about it?

Hence we bring you 5 ways to go beyond the hashtag and fight human trafficking:

  1. Prayer and Fasting

We’re fighting a big, dark battle and we need the best resource we have: God’s grace and strength and mercy. Pray for the victims: even those who have gotten out have a long road of healing ahead. Pray for those on the front lines working to fight trafficking. Pray for our politicians and policy-makers. And yes, pray for those involved, the perpetrators. Pray and fast in reparation for their sins and pray for God’s mercy.  

  1. Educate Yourself

Human trafficking affects children and adults, girls and boys. Sex trafficking is rampant, but forced labor is even more so. It happens everywhere, not just in developing countries.

Get informed: Watch afilm or read abook. Learnthe facts and dispelcommon myths.Recognize the signs of victims in case you come across one, especially if you live in a city.

  1. Get Political

Websites like thePolaris Project will keep you up to date on current legislation. Right now there’s a new bill in the US Congress that enforces transparency in supply chains, meaning companies have to be honest about where their labor and materials are coming from.Taking action can be as easy as copying and pasting a letter to your senator.

  1. Be a Responsible Consumer

Speaking of the supply chain, do you know where your goods are coming from? Websites help you identify the kinds of things you buy that likely come from forced labor. It might seem overwhelming at first, but just start small. Choose one thing: for example, switch to Fair Trade coffee or chocolate instead of your usual fix.

  1. Find Your Niche

Reading about social justice issues is scary. It tends to leave us paralyzed: What good can I do? It’s just too big for one person. So instead of trying to save the world, ask yourself: What can I do, right here and right now? There are lots of little things you can do right where you are. Have an old cellphone?Donate it to help create regular channels of communication in high-risk areas for trafficking.Sponsor a child and keep them away from trafficking (bonus points: write your sponsor child a letter on one ofthese cards made by women escaping prostitution).

Start small. Start today.

It’s your move.

Libby Reichert

CeciliaChristian MusicHuman Trafficking
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