Peace, Not Slavery

Women and children around the world are being lied to and manipulated, then placed into situations where they’re treated as less than human. Some are forced to work extremely long hours, many times in unsafe conditions, for little or no pay. Others are forced into prostitution.
Why? Money! Lots and lots of money! Human trafficking is a $31 billion per year industry.
The United Methodist Women’s Human Trafficking Fact Sheet offers the following staggering quote: “Human Trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, and is the second largest criminal industry in the world after drug trade.”
Those who are oppressed and exploited by the trafficking industry routinely use threats and violence in order to keep their victims under their control. Many are physically abused, in addition to the other abuses they suffer.
How does this continue to happen in our world today? Why is the peace and well-being of over 12 million people destroyed? And why does the ordinary American citizen know so little about this tragedy?
Perhaps we don’t want to know. Perhaps we would rather believe that the problem of human slavery ended 150 years ago. It didn’t. There are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in human history.
My prayer is that God’s people will rise up and fight against this form of evil that is so prevalent in today’s world. How true the words of 1 Timothy 6:10 are. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” (NIV)
May our love for our neighbor be stronger than our love of money, or cheap labor, or cheap sex.
May we say no to violence and Say Yes to Peace.

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