Human trafficking is the most prevalent form of modern-day slavery. The U.S. Government estimates that world wide, over 700,000 people are trafficked across borders each year. In our own country between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. yearly (mostly women and children to be used in the sex trade). In fact, human trafficking is now tied with arms dealing as the second largest criminal industry in the world and it is also the fastest growing criminal industry.
So what do we do? Should we pray? Give money? Or find ways to change hearts? We should absolutely pray but major social issues are not solved with prayer alone (God acts through His people). We have seen the both benefit and the ineffectiveness that money brings. It would be regrettable to simply give money to an anti-human trafficking charity and think we have really done our part. This problem is only truly solved by redemption. As Christians we must cast the light of the Gospel onto the hearts of men and women in order to affect true lasting change. Human trafficking can not simply be legislated away like racial slavery, it demands a different kind of abolitionist. In Christ we find the answer not only to this problem but to all problems caused by the unrepentant human heart.
In His Grip,