Attention: Note change of location for this week's meeting & showing of "I Am Jane Doe" documentary
We will be meeting in the Connection Corner at NCCTK by the church office at 1816 18th St., Lynden, WA 98264; 7-9 pm this Tuesday, 10/17/17
It's not just "over there." When a disaster strikes, traffickers prey on vulnerable victims here in the United States, too.
In a 10/5/17 article, PRI.org says, "The Caribbean and the American South are struggling to recover in the aftermath of devastating hurricanes. Food has to be delivered, houses rebuilt, roads cleared and electricity restored. But for law enforcement, there’s another concern after a place gets pummeled by a natural disaster: It becomes ripe grounds for human trafficking."
Author Jasmine Garsd tells a trafficked woman's account of being in Houston after Hurricane Katrina. "She remembers working around 2006, when women started showing up from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. “So many individuals flooded just this area alone, that I know of. They were homeless. They had no money. They had no place to live. And so, you’re not left with that many options when you are in that situation.”
Online ads, like this one have shown up in Houston: “Pretty girls wanting to make some quick money, and recover losses from Harvey." Another says, "Were you displaced by Harvey, now looking to get it all back together? Are you female, under 40 and need a place to call your home? Then this mature gentleman is ready to help with a rent free accommodation."
Jasmine Garsd says, "Are they genuine offers for willing participants? Or traffickers, sweet-talking the most vulnerable? All you have to do to find out, is hit reply."
Oh my. It makes me want to yell, "No! Don't do it! Don't hit reply! Find someone trustworthy -- someone who really cares and won't take advantage of you."
Please pray with me for trustworthy people to be available in those moments of need.
Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit www.hope4justice.org/learnmore/
WHAT'S ON THE CALENDAR
Hope4Justice has changed to quarterly public meetings plus event involvement. Here's what's going on in Whatcom County in the next few months:
Tuesday, October 17, 2017: Quarterly Hope4Justice public meeting from 7-9 pm at North County Christ the King Connection Corner, 1816 18th St., Lynden, WA (Note change of location.) We'll be showing "I Am Jane Doe," a documentary about selling minors for sex on Backpage.com
Saturday, October 21, 2017: Rebound's 2nd Annual Hoptoberfest - from 5 - 10 pm at Bellingham's Sportsplex, benefiting Rebound of Whatcom County & Whatcom Sports & Rec.
Friday, November 3, 2017, 7-9 pm: Engedi Refuge Ministries, in collaboration with Hope4Justice, Light of the World Prayer Center, and CTK Downtown invites you to Stand Against Slavery. Location: Norway Hall, 1419 N Forest St., Bellingham, WA.
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 5-7 pm: Help Hope4Justice serve dinner to Rebound families. Location: CTK Bellingham, 4173 Meridian, Bellingham, WA 98226
Saturday, December 2, 2017: Comfort & Joy Celebration to benefit Rebound of Whatcom County. Details to come.
Note: Watch for additional events that may added
Watch the documentary: If you or someone you know is unable to join us for the "I Am Jane Doe" documentary on Tuesday, 10/17/17, you can still watch it. It's available on Netflix, iTunes, Vimeo, GooglePlay, and Amazon or contact Hope4Justice to borrow the dvd.
Learn more about the issue, the court case against Backpage, and proposed legislation HERE
Sign a change.org petition to tell Google, Facebook, and Microsoft to stop supporting child sex trafficking.
Click HERE for sample tweets to use when speaking out against child sex trafficking.
Access sample letters HERE to send to senators and representatives by email or USPS.