A glimpse at efforts against human trafficking
If you wonder whether anything is making a difference in the fight against trafficking, here are a few headlines from Facebook to encourage you!
Stars Cabaret to pay $1.25 million settlement to teen sex trafficking victim - From Oregonlive.com on 6/20/17:
"A teen forced to work as a prostitute at a Beaverton strip club when she was 13 will receive $1.25 million in what is the largest individual civil rights settlement brokered by Oregon's top labor regulator, the agency announced Tuesday." Read the rest of the article here.
Hundreds of nuns trained in Kung Fu are biking the Himalayas to oppose human trafficking - From Businessinsider.com on 9/16/2016 (almost a year ago, but interesting nontheless! If they can complete that long of a bike ride, what can I do?):
Five hundred nuns from the Buddhist sect known as the Drukpa Order, on Saturday complete a 4,000-km (2,485 mile) bicycle trek from Nepal's Kathmandu to the northern city of Leh in India to raise awareness about human trafficking in the remote region. Learn more here.
Australia Plans to Revoke Child Sex Offenders’ Passports to Combat Sex Tourism - From nytimes.com on May 30, 2017
"The Australian government plans to revoke the passports of registered child sex offenders in a significant effort to help combat the booming child sex trade in Asia, officials announced this week.
Under the proposed legislation, about 20,000 people on the country’s sex offender registry would be prohibited from leaving the country. Child sex tourists from Australia are among the most active offenders in the sex trade, particularly in nearby Southeast Asian countries." Learn more here.
All over the world individuals, groups, and governments are making positive steps against trafficking. Be encouraged!
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The next Hope4Justice public meeting is on Tuesday, July 18 at 6 pm. Normally we meet at Engedi Learning Center but on this date we're planning on a no-host dinner meeting at Mi Mexico, 241 Telegraph Rd., Bellingham, WA.
We invite you to join us for good food, good company, and good discussion about what we're doing and how YOU can be involved with Hope4Justice.
Have you asked your church to participate in Freedom Sunday on September 24, 2017?
International Justice Mission says, "Dedicate Sunday, September 24 to ending slavery. God wants everyone to be free and wants your church to help bring hope and freedom to every enslaved and abused child, woman and man."
It can be as simple as a short two-sentence mention from the pulpit along with a prayer for enslaved people in the world or it can be a full sermon with flyers, a video, companion materials for small groups, and more!
IJM provides a wealth of materials to support your church's approach to Freedom Sunday. Click here for details.