This past Sunday we watched two short films on human trafficking, both of which are available to borrow from our meeting’s library (check the foyer). We also had a guest come and share with us about her personal experience of working with victims of human trafficking. If you’re interested in contacting her for more information please contact the office and we will put you in touch with Candice.
I mentioned that I would post information on our website with links to organizations doing work and places where you can find more details. So here is a rough list I’ve compiled.
Human Trafficking Defined
The TVPA defines “severe forms of trafficking” as:
- sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age; or
- the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. (Wikipedia)
A victim need not be physically transported from one location to another in order for the crime to fall within these definitions. (Trafficking Report)
27 million are estimated to be trafficked world-wide and an estimated 2 million women and children are held in sexual servitude throughout the world.
There between 50, 000 and 100, 000 in the US (depending on whose statistics you check). I have also heard that 1 and 3 runaways in the US are trafficked. Trafficking is especially a problem for immigrants who are vulnerable because of language and legal disadvantages.
Some organizations doing work:
International Justice Mission // www.ijm.org
World Vision // www.worldvision.org
Not for Sale //www.notforsalecampaign.org
Stop the traffik // http://www.stopthetraffik.org
Free the Slaves // http://www.freetheslaves.net
Shared Hope International // http://www.sharedhope.org/ (Linda Smith attends New Life Friends Church in Vancouver)
Transitions Global // http://www.transitionsglobal.org/ We’ve developed a high-quality, results-driven shelter care model that responds to the primary issues facing minor victims of sex trafficking (MVST). Our focus on rehabilitation and reintegration offers girls opportunities to heal from the past and acquire life, social and business skills that prepare them to function as healthy, independent adults. Our model proved to be so successful in its pilot phase in 2006 that organizations are asking Transitions Global to replicate this program in other countries.
The Defenders USA // http://thedefendersusa.org/ Connected with Shared Hope International. Founded in June 2006, The Defenders USA is a coalition of men that are opposed to all forms of commercialized sex. Defenders believe that pornography, prostitution, escort services, strip clubs, peep shows, and erotic massage parlors all contribute to the commercial sex industry, a market that produces nearly 100,000 – 300,000 exploited victims a year—the majority of which are women and children. Through various Defender campaigns, our objective is to provide care for exploited victims through our restoration centers. In addition, we strive to end the demand for sexually explicit material by educating and equipping men to speak out against this destructive trade.
Friends of mine
The SOLD Project (Prevention and Awareness) // http://thesoldproject.com The SOLD Project Prevention Program is 4-fold 1)Scholarships 2) Mentorship 3) After School Programs 4) Human Trafficking Awareness Programs.
World Vision // What is trafficking in persons? (great summary)
IJM // January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month (ways to respond)