Human Trafficking is more than just sex trafficking, and sex trafficking is more than women and girls. It’s a ONGOING PROBLEM. And when we don’t perceive a problem to be present to be in our neighborhood, it’s easy to ignore. And sometimes, we choose ignorance on purpose, shielding ourselves from the realities of complex, dark stories.
Human trafficking is one of the worst of these dark issues, because it consists of so many crimes wrapped into one—sometimes kidnapping, almost always rape, along with confinement, torture and coercion. I’ve met survivors whose victimization started as early as 10 years old and her story is as a grim as any other perpetuated crime.
Here in the Philippines, not all churches of aware of this issue, and even if they are aware, they can’t seem to figure out how they can of help to these issue. Many people think human trafficking only happens overseas. Trafficking happens in condo towers, malls, schools and even suburban homes. It happened at the local fast food KFC store beside the church where one of our churches has a congregation in Manila.
The real danger that Human Trafficking imposes to us is our apathy towards the issue because it doesn’t seem to be happening so why would we even bother?
I believe that God has an intimate connection with those suffering from violence, for each one is MADE IN HIS IMAGE.
What is God’s plan to stop violence?
WE ARE THE PLAN
Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause (Isaiah 1:17)
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
The church is uniquely positioned to make a difference by doing the following:
The church has the platform to engage Christians and communities about the reality of the violence that Human Trafficking brings and the heart of God for justice. I believe God uses the church to bring transformation and justice to a hurting world and we have to do our role as part of the body of Christ to fulfill this mission.
Just like we are tasked to share the gospel to the lost, we are also commissioned by God to do justice and kindness and we can possibly do it by helping teach and raise awareness against human trafficking.
Integral to the work of justice is prayer and it all begins by it. As we seek justice on behalf of others, we rely on an all-powerful God to help us do what is only possible with and through him.
I remember one of our clients who happen to got rescued because she prayed the night before to be saved from her captors and lo and behold, our government partners were able to raid the brothel she was in and manage to rescue her!
That is my friends, what intercession is all about. Imagine thousands of people committed to praying for the end of human trafficking!
Pray for freedom for everyone currently a victim. Pray for physical, spiritual, and emotional wholeness for sex trafficking survivors, and for their continued safety and possible reintegration into their family or community.
God is in the business of saving people and these include human trafficking victims.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
– Romans 12:12
It is the ability to make a difference brings meaning and purpose to our lives. Whether you are a parent or grandparent, child, humanitarian, co-worker, mentor, advisor, coach or friend, you have something to give—be it your time, skills, strengths, influence, wisdom or financial resources. Embracing a spirit of generosity is a way to live a more fulfilled, vibrant life and can trigger surprising ripple effects, transforming your life and the lives of others in ways you may never have imagined.
And your generosity can have a transformational impact on survivors of human trafficking. Explore and find ways of defining your own vision of generosity for these certain individuals.
“A lack of generosity refuses to acknowledge that your assets are not really yours, but God’s.”
-Tim Keller, Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Make Us Just
4. HUMBLE SERVICE
The work of justice requires long and tedious work which provides the Church with service opportunities that are not glamorous but are important to protect the poor from violence.
No matter who you are or what you do, God can use you to make a difference into the lives of these survivors. Whatever your talents are, they can be of great help if you give it as a service. And remember, that it is not how much one gives, but what one does with the gifts and talents that God gives you.