Thanks to the hard work of K-LOVE artists like Natalie Grant, Third Day, Tenth Ave. North, The Museum, Chris Tomlin and many others, most of us are aware of the problem of Human Trafficking, or more simply put, slavery. It's something that I think we have a hard time believing, yet, the exploitation of other human beings continues to plague the World. A new study shows that despite the efforts of activist groups in recent years, it continues to grow. The latest research shows that nearly 30 million people are now slaves.
What's sad is that most of the victims are who Jesus describes as the 'least of these' in Matthew 25, and new research confirms that we may be contributing to the problem and not even realize it. the Walk Free Foundation fights against anyone being forced into servitude against their will, they say we can unsuspectingly contribute to the problem by purchasing products that are made by people who are enslaved around the world, making this a global problem. Walk Free used China as an example, where nearly 3 million slaves are being used to create electronics and designer handbags that are sold all over the W=world. Love chocolate?… As many as 600,000 - 800,000 child laborers are used to harvest 40% of the World's cocoa crop.
Like you, I was unaware that I may be contributing to the problem.
So now what?… Thanks to the hard work of groups like Walk Free, Not For Sale, End It Movement, International justice Mission, Good World Solutions, Abolition International and others, we are learning to make more educated decisions, so that we no longer contribute to the problem, and thanks to these groups, those who are being victimized are being educated, getting help and being set free.
It is a problem that we simply cannot ignore. In Luke 4:8, Jesus speaks about fulfilling His call, "The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free," and as Christ's ambassadors, we must carry that call out today. Many of us are familiar with William Wilburforce's fight against the slave trade in the late 1700's and early 1800's, his words are just as relevant to us today, “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”