Peace on Earth?

Eileen Campbell, Sr. Director of Advocacy and Mobilization for International Justice Mission recently sent out an IJM Prayer Partner email that said, "It’s the time of the year when we begin singing hymns filled with hope for the promise of peace on earth.  As I reflect on this year, there are times when this proverbial peace on earth is hard for us to see. And yet, there is still much to celebrate."

Included in the IJM successes are these two items:

  • "This year, we saw the U.S. State Department commit $25M to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery. Soon after, we celebrated the news that the U.K. government would match this contribution."
  • IJM also says: "Praise God for all the children we have been able to rescue in 2017 with our local partners across the Latin America region." 


On another front, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) says  Twitter took a step forward when it blocked searches for pornographic photos and videos.  "In March, 2017 Twitter—a member of the Dirty Dozen List—changed its platform so that when users type in hashtags or keywords traditionally associated with pornography and prostitution no results are shown. This is a significant break from Twitter’s past laissez faire approach!" 

And in the educational realm, the school education resource EBSCEO removed most sexually graphic content from its products and links.  "EBSCEO Information Services offers online library resources to public and private schools (K-12), colleges and universities, public libraries, and more.  Unfortunately, many of their school products provided easy access to hardcore pornography sites, extremely graphic sexual content, and even links to recruitment sites for porn and prostitution."  Thanks to NCOSE for working with them to solve this problem.

Though it may sometimes seem as if trafficking around the world is an unbeatable problem, there is much to celebrate and give thanks for.  People & organizations are rising up, working against it, and making a difference.

And so we say, Merry Christmas! May we see peace and an end to slavery in our lifetime.
SueAnn

Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit www.hope4justice.org/learnmore/ 

HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY


Child Sex Sting in Whatcom County
 

The December 18, 2017 issue of the Bellingham Herald reported that, "Twenty men in Whatcom and Skagit counties were caught in a sting that targeted internet predators attempting to solicit sexual contact with minors during the “Net Nanny” operation by the State Patrol’s Missing and Exploited Children Task Force. Most of the men were arrested on suspicion of attempted child rape and attempted communication with a minor for immoral purposes." 

“The arrests stemming from Operation Net Nanny resulted in the capture of those seeking out very young and very vulnerable children for sexual exploitation and contact,” Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo said.

Karen from Hope4Justice says, "We commend all the law enforcement agencies including over 60 dedicated people for this successful sting against johns attempting to buy our local youth for sex. Our most vulnerable need protection. Well done!"

 

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