Good News on Trafficking

I was just reading back through some of my previous entries, and realized that the last time I wrote about the campaign I was one week in….and now I only have one week left! I mentioned in that post how time was flying, but I had no idea just how fast. The past couple of weeks have been super busy with conferences, and I haven’t felt as engaged in the dress campaign as I would have liked to have been. But, this week will (hopefully) be much calmer and will allow for more learning, sharing and finding out how I can be involved in the fight.

In the midst of the sad and often horrific stories of human trafficking around the world, I have also found a few kernels of hope. There are hundreds of men and women around the world who are actively engaged in the fight to end slavery and in the rescuing of those who are being sold for sex.

1. International Justice Mission: although they literally work worldwide, I want to highlight one story I read yesterday. They have a project going on in the Philippines called Project Lantern, and in the last 3 years IJM and the Philippine police have worked together to rescue 259 women out of sex slavery. In addition, they have seen a 79% decrease in the availability of minors for sex. To read the entire article, click here.

2. Rati, a young Indian girl left at a train station by her parents and taken by a trafficker, was rescued in September 2010 by IJM staff in Mumbai. You can read the full story of her bravery and refusal to give up hope here

3. My friend Tasha wrote a fabulous blog post on this topic a few weeks ago that included a link to a group called Rapha House. They are a group that establishes safe houses for women in southeast asia who have been rescued from sex slavery, giving them an education and trade skills. On their website they share a prayer list – specific things to pray for each day of the week. This is a great start to getting involved, and is one thing I want to incorporate into my prayer life as a result of this month. To read more about what Rapha House does, visit their website.

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