Human trafficking is closely intertwined with slavery. Everyone can become the victim of human trafficking.
This summer I am participating in Freedom Challange event which will take place in Canada. I have applied and been approved. So far I am the only participant. This will be my first trip of this type. This challenge will raise awareness and funds towards combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
The slavery doesn't simply affect developing countries. It's rampant everywhere, every continent and majority of the countries, perhaps every single country. Modern-day slaves are a part of different spheres, including sex-trafficking and child labor. Everyone can become the victim of human traffickers. Some people are more vulnerable than others.
In this age of social media, we learn the news faster than ever before. In many cases, we share an article. The sharing rings awareness. It can make some differences. However, in order to make a difference, someone has to step in. We think that if it doesn't directly affect us then it's not our problem.
When we hear about a disaster: war, famine, flood, drought, earthquake, terrorist attack,, we share the news on social media. Usually, that's where our involvement ends. We pray for the change, but what if we are supposed to be the change.
Human trafficking became a fashionable thing to talk about. Many people talk about it, but not many take the action. Only 1%-2% of people get saved from modern day slavery. There are a few opportunities to help those affected. We need to change the way we look at the issue of human trafficking.
I believe that when we are not helping oppressed, we partake in their oppression. There is always an opportunity to help. Oppressed people are everywhere. As Christians, we have to stand up for those who are vulnerable and oppressed. We need to show them that they are valuable and are not a commodity.
Freedom Challange is one of the few events held across different countries. People gather for various physical challenges. One of the events will take place in Sudbury, Canada. I will be a part of prayer team. We will e praying for hikers while they will be hiking in one of the most beautiful places. The event is open to people from different countries. There is still time to apply for the event. We would love for more people to come.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” Proverbs 31: 8-9