Human Trafficking

Modern Day Slavery has become a global crisis…on our watch.

However,every two minutes a child is sold for sex in the United States, and inTennessee an average of 94 children are sold online for sex every singlemonth.  Adults are being forced intotrafficking situations in our community as well.  The TN Bureau of Investigation’s HumanTrafficking Hotline reported that they received 170 more calls in 2020 thanthey did in 2019; 161 of those reports came from East Tennessee.

For many the term “trafficking” automatically triggers thoughts of transport. We imagine children being smuggled across borders into foreign countries where they are chained and bound. In reality, 77% of trafficking victims are sold in their own country of residence. Victims of trafficking can be sold in their own homes, and trafficking victims almost always know their trafficker. In East Tennessee children are most often trafficked by a family member or a close family friend, or they are being sexually exploited online by someone they have developed a relationship with.

Trafficking victims can be any race, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. But they all have one thing in common - they have been preyed upon by those who treat them as less than human. These victims are known and seen by God, and He requires His Church to stand in the gap on their behalf and be a voice for the voiceless. We must take action to see an end to the trafficking of people in our community, and work to see restoration and redemption come to the lives of victims and traffickers.

The problem isn’t relegated to one nation, this is a global crisis.

It’s estimated that internationally there are between 20 million and 40 million people in modern slavery today. Assessing the full scope of human trafficking is difficult because so cases so often go undetected, something the United Nations refers to as “the hidden figure of crime.”
Human trafficking earns global profits of roughly $150 billion a year for traffickers, $99 billion of which comes from commercial sexual exploitation. The International Labour Organization estimates annual rates of around $80,000 per victim, per year, in developed countries and $55,000 in the Middle East. Traffickers have learned to leverage the human body for massive returns.

Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic is likely fueling a surge in human trafficking. As the global health crisis pushes as many as 150 million people into extreme poverty, desperate individuals are more likely to accept risky job offers, which can result in exploitative trafficking situations. Additionally, pandemic-related travel bans and stay-at-home lockdowns mean that people are spending more time indoors and on the internet, contributing to a rise in online sexual exploitation—particularly of children.

There is good news.We believe the crisis of modern day slavery can be slowed and deterred. God has the power to change hearts and lives, which in turn changes behavior. You can help be the change. Through knowledge and education alone, we know the tides will turn. The quote of William Wilberforce, British abolitionist, still remains true and pushes us to action:

“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”

We also know the power of prayer and fasting! Prayer changes situations. We see in the Bible that persistent prayer is connected to great justice being released (Luke 18:1-8). God will make every wrong right, He is faithful. Giving a financial gift or buying product from this website supports the ending of slavery. We are committed to GO. Wherever God says “go”, we will go. His good news sets captives free! When we are unable to go, we will send. Sending those called by God to attack the crisis of slavery is vital to our mission

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.
To be deemed Human Trafficking there must be a commercial element

Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation.

Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.

To be deemed Human Trafficking there must be a commercial element

Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation.

Human trafficking is the exploitation of vulnerable people for their bodies and labor.
Human trafficking is MODERN DAY SLAVERY

The purpose of sex and human trafficking is to generate profit for the trafficker. Whether the victim is producing income for the trafficker, who sells their services, or the victim is saving money for the trafficker, who pays nothing or very little for the victim's labor—it all adds up to profit.

Examples of human trafficking and slavery

Adults and children can be trafficked or enslaved and forced to sell their bodies for sex. People are also trafficked or enslaved for labour exploitation, for example: to work on a farm or factory. to work in a house as a servant, maid or nanny.

The 3 most common types of human trafficking are sex trafficking, forced labor, and debt bondage.

This is the reality: slavery is violence. It’s physical, verbal, and sexual abuse.

But, slavery is more stoppable than ever before. And that’s why we’re here, rallying around the world and doing the work together.

There are more people enslaved today than any other time in history
$150 billion dollar industry
40.3 million people enslaved
71% women
29% men
25% children

Slavery happens in every country

5.4 out of every 1,000 people are enslaved in the world

Sex and human traffickers get their victims through the use of physical force, threats, psychological manipulation, and other tactics. ... Sex and human traffickers get their victims through the use of physical force, threats, psychological manipulation, and other tactics.

Steps in the Sex and Human Trafficking Process
• Recruitment. Traffickers will target a vulnerable population, such as young women who recently aged out of the foster care system. ...
• Harboring. Harboring refers to holding the victim against their will. ...
• Transporting. ...
• Providing. ...
• Other Steps in the Sex Trafficking Process.

What are effects of human trafficking?

Victims of human trafficking can experience devastating psychological effects during and after their trafficking experience. Many survivors may end up experiencing post-traumatic stress, difficulty in relationships, depression, memory loss, anxiety, fear, guilt, shame, and other severe forms of mental trauma

Human Trafficking Indicators
1. Living with employer.
2. Poor living conditions.
3. Multiple people in cramped space.
4. Inability to speak to individual alone.
5. Answers appear to be scripted and rehearsed.
6. Employer is holding identity documents.
7. Signs of physical abuse.
8. Submissive or fearful.

No matter the crisis, we will fast, pray,give, go, and send!