It’s been a while, too long, since I posted anything about the modern-day slave trade aka human trafficking. Life was busy in a lot of ways this summer so my blog posts became infrequent.
But all that time, slavery was still happening.
And it’s happening on our watch. Or while we’re not looking.
I learned this week that people are buying sex in my neighborhood, along a touristy stretch near where we live and work. It’s not just over there somewhere. It’s right. here.
But what can we do? What can we really do about it?
First, we need to get our heads out of the sand and realize it’s happening. I’m amazed at how much coverage about human trafficking I’m reading about in the news these days. If you want some credible sources for information, check out The Exodus Road, Love146 and International Justice Mission, for starters. They’re working and advocating and rescuing.
Second, start talking about it.
Words are still powerful. The more we bring trafficking into the light, the more the darkness flees. <click to tweet> Share quotes, stats and pictures on Facebook and Twitter. Get the word out.
Third, refuse to look away. The more you know, the more likely you’ll be to take action. Click here for a good resource to help you learn the signs of trafficking and what to do if you suspect someone is being enslaved.
And if you’re able, give. The Exodus Road is currently raising monthly support to fund investigative teams. Click here for more information. This is real-life hero stuff.
These are small steps that may seem insignificant but they add up to so much more when put together.