45.8 million people subject to some form of modern slavery in the world today
The 2016 Global Slavery Index by rights group Walk Free Foundation estimates there are 45.8 million people subjects to some form of modern slavery in the world today. Nearly 46 million people around the world are living as slaves, forced to work in factories, mines and farms, sold for sex, trapped in debt bondage or born into servitude. The 2016 Global Slavery Index indicated the ten countries with the largest estimated absolute numbers of people in modern slavery include some of the world’s most populous countries: India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, North Korea, Russia, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Indonesia. Several of these countries provide the low-cost labor that produces consumer goods for markets in Western Europe, Japan, North America (Whatcom County) and Australia. The country with the highest estimated proportion of modern slavery by population is North Korea. Though information on North Korea is difficult to verify, pervasive evidence exists that citizens are subjected to state-sanctioned forced labor, including through forced labor as political prisoners and as workers on overseas contracts.
To view/download the 2016 Global Slavery Index go to (http://downloads.globalslaveryindex.org/GSI-2016-Full-Report-1505711402.pdf) and for additional information on current modern-day slavery, open the following Walk Free Foundationweb pages https://www.globalslaveryindex.org/ &https://www.walkfreefoundation.org/.
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 coming up:
Sunday, September 24, 2017: Freedom Sundayservices at NCCTK.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017: Quarterly public meeting from 7-9 pm at Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA. (Note the extended time.) We'll be showing the documentary "IAm Jane Doe."
Saturday, October 21, 2017: 2nd AnnualHoptoberfest - from 5pm - 10pm at Bellingham's Sportsplex (no rain, we promise!) Benefitting 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.
Saturday, December 2, 2017: Comfort & Joy Celebration to benefit Rebound of Whatcom County. Details to come.
Note: Watch for additional events that may added.
Our September event is next week on September 24th at North County Christ the King Church!
Hope4Justice invites you to join us at a Freedom Sunday service at North County Christ the King, 1835 Liberty Street, Lynden, WA 98264. Choose from 9 or 11 am or 6:30 pm services on Sunday, September 24, 2017.
Hope4Justice will be featured during each service. Afterward we'll be in the foyer to share information and answer questions. We hope to see you -- and a friend -- there!
The Slavery Footprint
Operated by Made in A Free World, the Slavery Footprint challenge encourages users to learn about goods commonly produced with slave labor. In order to create individual scores, Made in a Free World first chose to investigate slave labor usage in the supply chains of more than 400 of the most popular consumer products.