One of the greatest threats to human dignity is human trafficking: the buying and selling of human beings. Human trafficking is an umbrella term used to describe all forms of modern-day slavery. No longer is “slavery” a term from the past, but a horrific reality in our present and, unfortunately, our future. The forms of trafficking are many and varied, but commonly involve victims entrapped in commercial sexual exploitation such as prostitution, or labor exploitation in sweatshops, domestic servitude, construction, and agriculture.
There are an estimated 27 million trafficking victims in the world today, and the deplorable trade in human beings is growing! Trafficking is the dark underbelly of globalization in which the strong exploit and abuse the vulnerable for their personal pleasure and gain. Human trafficking is a nexus of evil, as traffickers perform all manner of incomprehensible acts of cruelty, brutality, humiliation, dehumanization, and exploitation. The size and pervasiveness of the crime presents a formidable problem.
As Christians, we must learn about human trafficking so that we can stand with our brothers and sisters who are experiencing this horrible form of oppression. The bonds of slavery are broken when we begin to get involved in the lives of people in our neighborhoods and around the world.
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