Effects of Forced Labor on Society

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The effects of forced labor on society can be found in various forms in economy, social development and within a cultures belief systems. For example a prevention program where we work with at-risk children ages 5-18 for girls and boys which runs for the entire year is less than a third of the budget for one victim. Our budget to reach thirty children is roughly $1000 which includes meals during the program. But to provide for one victim in the United States cost over $40,000. One of the effects of forced labor on society is the simple economics of the problem. When someone is enslaved they are unable to participate in the economy leaving a gap.

“21 million victims in forced labour and the more than US $150 billion in illegal profits generated by their work exceeds the population and GDP of many countries or territories around the world.”

International Labor Union “Profits and Poverty: The economics of Forced Labor”

 

The ethical and moral issues concerning human trafficking on our society are devastating.    Nothing good comes from the exploitation of another human being. When cultures become accustom to human rights abuses then a break down happens within that society, and injustice and corruption become an acceptable occurrence. If we look into countries where the acceptance of slavery assist’s we see the effects on that society. Haiti is a example of the devastating effects of human trafficking. The culture norm within Haiti to have a “Restaveks” (a child forced into domestic servitude) is an acceptable part of their society. They are also one of the poorest nations in the world. {Please note this year Haiti has made an effort to change by enacting new laws to stop human trafficking.}

“Authorities have also reported regularly seeing trucks full of children heading for the border, as well as “mobile brothel” trucks containing people in prostitution, driving from town to town and across the Haitian-Dominican Republic border.”

UNHCR

I believe one of the worst and most devastating effects that forced labor has on society is the loss of dignity. When a person losses their dignity that enables them to treat and react to themselves and others in ways in which strips society of dignity. Many of the women that I have worked with who are survivors of sex trafficking returned to “the life” even after they found freedom. The reason they gave was that was what they knew, and who was going to hire them. They had lost their sense of dignity and until they started to regain that dignity, they continued with what they knew. Prostitution.

“21 million victims in forced labour and the more than US $150 billion in illegal profits generated by their work exceeds the population and GDP of many countries or territories around the world.”

International Labor Union “Profits and Poverty: The economics of Forced Labor”

As a society if we are able to respect and treat others with dignity and ask other countries to do the same then human trafficking and slavery would decrease instead of increase in the coming years. To stand up and say that slavery anywhere is not tolerated and to react to victims of human trafficking with honor and give them back the dignity they deserve.

As a Christian I believe that our dignity is within knowing who we are in Christ. And not who we were in the past. The dictionary meaning of the word dignity means, the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect and a sense of pride in oneself; self-respect. Who else could show us we are worthy than Christ. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and to return our dignity, if He did that then we should never take away another persons dignity.

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Prayers to End Forced Labor

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Many times people talk about sex trafficking and never mention domestic servitude when they are raising awareness about human trafficking. But the reality is both are slavery and both are forced labor. This week our prayers will be for freedom for those enslaved around the world in forced or bonded slavery.

Children around the world are caught in forced labor from fishing boats in Asia to cocoa fields in Africa, to young girls in America and India that are trapped in domestic servitude. The International Labor Union says that 12.5 million people are trapped in forced labor around the world.

This week we will be focusing on freedom for those that seem invisible, action for those who can bring freedom and healing for survivors.

Freedom: God bring a bring light to shine in the darkness and let those living in forced labor to be found and freed. Galatians 5:1, Psalm 146:7

Action: Move in a powerful way for individuals to report any trafficking they are seeing. Let law enforcement and the judicial system to take action to bring freedom and justice for people enslaved. Jeremiah 7:3, Romans 12:9, Galatians 6:3-5

Healing: Jesus bring physical, emotional and spiritual healing to people that have been freed from slavery. Let them come to know you as their Savor and transform their minds. Isaiah 58:8, Jeremiah 33:3, Matthew 4:23.

Thank you for joining us in prayer we know that your prayers are changing the world.

 

 

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Five things you can do to stop the sexualization of society

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The “White Ribbon Campaign Against Pornography” has raised awareness about the link between pornography and sex trafficking. At Prayer For Freedom through-out this week our prayers have been focused on freedom for victims that are trapped in the underworld of porn.

In the short three and a half years of listening to heart broken girls looking for a way to restore their lives after horrific stories of abuse, I can honestly say that porn has played a role in almost ever story. As I have met, talked and prayed with victims of sex trafficking and survivors of sexual abuse the most common threads has been the link between pornography and their abuser. Many pimps have used pornographic images to control victims, this is very common way to control younger victims of sex slavery. Some have forced girls into making porn, and others have desensitized victims by showing them porn.

But how does this effect us and our daily lives?

How does it effect you?

I remember hearing a survivor in California talk about looking for clothes for her four-year-old daughter. She said it takes her double the amount of time to find something that isn’t sexualized for her little girl then the short time it takes to shop for appropriate cloths for her boys. The shorts are too short, the sweat pants have something written across the rear like “juicy.” Currently, clothing companies are marketing sexy underwear to Tweens (kids ages 10-13.) This is one way the industry has effected normal society.

It doesn’t seem real that we would allow children to be thrown into a world they are not able to comprehend. By letting kids be exposed to adult thinking and mentality. But I believe change can happen, we have seen it happen in the few years that we have been combating human trafficking. Laws have gotten tougher against traffickers, people are more aware of the problem and churches are pursuing justice more than ever before. So here are five action steps you can take to bring change.

Five things you can do to bring change.

  1. Teach kids self esteem in who they are and not how they look.
  2. Teach boys and girls the value of purity.
  3. Stop buying into porn.
  4. Raise your voice to stop culture from sexualizing kids and women.
  5. Pray for change.

I think almost everyone can take these few steps to bring change and I think the next generation can be one that will stand up for purity.

 

 

 

 

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Prayers to End Slavery

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In Joshua 1:9 the Bible says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

As we stand in prayer to end slavery there are two things we have to be, strong and courageous. Strong in our fight to continue no matter what statistics we read or when we look into the eyes of children that are or have being trafficked. And courageous to know, God is fighting the battle before us for those enslaved.

These two words have been the theme for this year and I can honestly say this year I have seen more injustice than I ever knew existed. I have met and prayed with girls that have been raped by fathers, forced into sex slavery and other girls that have no tangible hope for a future. Through all of it I have known more hope and faith in God, I have seen God speak to children longing for hope. I’ve seen angry boys choose Jesus and start to find joy; I have seen girls 8 and 9 years old forgive the people who raped them. Miracles of God, and signs that God will be with us wherever we go. Join us this week to pray for more miracles.

Abolitionist:

▪   God give all the people that are fighting for freedom strength and courage to continue. Joshua 1:9

▪   Provide financial security for there work. Isaiah 58:11

▪   God protect everyone that is standing up for victims. Psalm 42:3

Freedom For Children

▪   God bring freedom to children that are trapped in slavery. Romans 8:21

▪   Give them courage and strength to never give up hope. Joshua 1:9

▪   Any death or curses that might have been spoken over them replace with life and truth through Jesus. Psalm 56:13

Change in Society

▪   Empathy and compassion would be shown towards victims of slavery. Psalm 102:13

▪   Children would be valued by Society.

▪   Revival would begin in places renown for human trafficking. John 4:43-45

Remember as you face the challenges and problems of this week that God says, “be strong and courageous” He is fighting for you wherever you go. Thank you for taking time to pray for freedom for those enslaved your prayers are changing the world.

 

 

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The invisible world of slavery and it’s visible face

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1

Daily, I sit and pray that God would change a World that I generally never see, the invisible World of forced child labor. It was almost four years ago now that I heard slavery still existed, and almost every part of my life had been touched by slavery. My cheap coffee picked by slaves, the cotton in my summer pants harvested by elementary school children in Uzbekistan. My weekly chocolate treats from children in the Ivory Coast, the parts in my laptop or smart phone fueling funds for child soldiers. This is the invisible world I have never seen, yet my life is joined to theirs.

What if this invisible world I cannot see is a part of a very real and spiritual world that is created by my decisions to look only at what I can see?

I can see my coffee, chocolate, smart phone and laptop. I cannot see the way or means in which they were harvested or built.  But I must ethically ask the question. Do my decisions bring others a life of slavery? And if so what are the consequences of my sins on myself and the world around me?

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

Ephesians 6:12

Now I know that slavery has a face and a name. Many times it is the visible face of a child, as I write this on my laptop I pray that if any child was forced into slavery because of my purchase they would find freedom. That God would bring the invisible freedom they long for a reality. Slavery does not have to be invisible or visible anymore in today’s world. If we are praying for God’s will on the earth then we have to fight for freedom. In the kingdom of heaven there are no slaves. Now I buy what I know to be fair trade, and I pray and ask God for intervention on the part of children trapped in slavery. What I buy and what I pray can change the World.

How have you identified slavery in your life?

Here is a way you can find out how many slaves are estimated to be working for you at Slavery Foot Print.

Please continue to stand in prayer with us for the school girls in Nigeria. #bringbackourgirls We must never forget these girls and continue to fight for justice and there freedom.

 

 

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Prayers to End Slavery

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Thank you all for standing with us in prayer to end slavery, we know your prayers are changing the world. As we stand in prayer this week to fight against this horrific human right abuse our prayers will be focused upon prevention.

One of the main problems of human trafficking that we have currently seen is the prejudice that people have against the victims. Maybe a victim of human trafficking made a unwise decision that still cannot justify the actions of the trafficker. An example, a 14-year-old girl was at the mall it was closing time and it was raining outside. No one showed up to pick her up; she was in and out of Child Protective Services. I man in his late 20’s drove up and persuaded her to get in the car. She was raped given drugs and sold for two weeks.

When the case came to court the man was given probation. I believe the prejudice against the girl and the decision she made to get in the car were factors in court case. We can’t justify evil by one person’s bad decision. We cannot justify wrong. When I read this story I was infuriated, it makes no sense that a child could be seen as the one at fault. I started to read comments about the story, and many people felt that she should have known better than to get in the car. This is a dangerous way of justifying wrong. It is also one of the reasons that children are being criminalized when they should be seen as the victim.

This week we will share more stories about this injustice that is happening in the court system and around the world. As we learn about injustice we have to remember that our hope is always in Jesus and when we pray change happens.

Prevention:

  • God help children and vulnerable populations know the dangers of human trafficking and the ways traffickers deceive. Psalm 5:11Psalm 111:10
  • Wisdom & Decisions: Help children and families to make wise decisions about their children’s future. Deuteronomy 4:6
  • Let awareness be raised in high-risk communities. Nehemiah 4:15

Justice:

  • Decriminalization of Victims: Help victims to be seen without prejudice, regardless of race, gender, economic background, caste or village they are from. Proverbs 18:5
  • Expose Corruption: Bring to light corruption happening that causes victims to be criminalized. 2 Peter 1:4John 8:12
  • Convictions: Let traffickers be caught and brought to justice. Psalm 5:4, Proverbs 21:15

Healing:

  • Mentally: God heal victims that have suffered mentally by isolation, exclusion and criminalization. Reveal your love to each one of them. Isaiah 58:8
  • Physically: Heal victims of human trafficking of all physical pain they have received through being enslaved. Heal them of HIV, or any diseases they have contracted. Matthew 4:23Luke 9:6
  • Spiritually: Let them know the love of Jesus and His resurrection power to heal all of their suffering. Heal any broken heart they have suffered from the abuse. Jeremiah 33:6

Thank you for praying with us at Prayer for Freedom, we are so grateful for you and your prayers. We are also praying that you will know God’s love in a deeper way. Join us this week as we continue to address the issue of criminalization of victims and how we can bring change.

 

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Things to Remember When Praying for Freedom

When you look at statistics and numbers in the fight against human trafficking and slavery they are tragic and daunting. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime states that only one out of every one hundred victims are freed from slavery, 99 will die enslaved. Out of that number 80% are women and children sold for sex slavery. In the short three years that I have fought to bring awareness, advocate and help survivors of human trafficking the one thing I know that has worked the best is prayer. Only God knows each persons name, He knows how many hairs are on every head. This week in prayer for the end of slavery I was reading the story of Habakkuk, how no matter what the circumstances looked like he prayed from a place of knowing God. Our prayers have to come from that same place, an understanding that God can do all things.

Habakkuk’s Prayer is so encouraging that no matter what circumstances may be, what they look like. God will always be God. Three things the prayer of Habakkuk taught me:

  1. Rejoice in God
  2. Remember to have joy
  3. Realize God is my strength

Rejoice, Remember and Realize that God can end slavery all I need to do is ask in faith and for the other 99 to freed. I cannot do it myself, nor can one person or organization but God can do anything. And His love for the victims is greater than mine.

I know this because the Bible says, nothing can separate us from His love. “Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39.

We are praying for you to know the love of God daily. To rejoice, remember and realize that nothing can separate you from His love. Thank you for praying with us to end slavery your prayers are changing the World.

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Prayers for Freedom, Salvation and Justice to End Slavery

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At Prayer For Freedom we believe that only Christ can change the hearts of men. And when He changes them they will never be the same. So in every program, project and event we have it’s essential that freedom in Christ is the center. In all of our work from prayer to prevention programs we know that only Christ love is able to bring change and justice.

Right now there are 29 million slaves in the world and that number sadly is growing. As awareness is growing which prevents slavery blatant acts of injustice are happening as well, like the 200 school girls still enslaved in Nigeria by terrorist. And the women in Iraq who were taken and reportedly sold by the terrorist group ISIS. Change starts in our minds and hearts but that change can be for evil or for good.  One idea that is a lie can start a chain reaction where the end result is injustice. Just one simple idea, dark eyes are better than light eyes, light skin isn’t as nice as dark skin. Lies that turn into thoughts that become a belief, then a system in which injustice, intolerance and abuse breeds.

But the great news is when salvation comes into a life so does justice. Because justice starts with Jesus.

“He will not fail nor be discouraged, Till He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands shall wait for His law.”

Justice

Freedom

  • Victims of human trafficking would be freed. Psalm 136:24
  • Victims would be freed and healed physically, spiritually and mentally. Revelation 1:5
  • Mentally freed slaves would find complete restoration. Isaiah 49:8

Salvation:

  • Survivors and victims would know the love of Jesus. Romans 8:39
  • Traffickers would repent and free the people they have enslaved. Acts 2:38
  • Revival would start around the world and people would know who they are in Christ. Free people. Matthew 3:2

Thank you for praying with us to end slavery we know your prayers are changing the world.

 

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Kind Words in a Harsh World

Many of you can imagine that working with survivors of human trafficking can truly break your heart. Just as their hearts have been broken and exploited by the traffickers.

Choosing words of kindness and not advice in trying to help survivor’s or for that matter any hurting person. In a World ready and willing to give their opinion it takes a tight mouthed person to stop and say nothing. If you are from the Western World it is not natural to keep your opinion to yourself, or from a large family like mine. Our natural reaction is to give advice and help the other person and hopefully if they do what we tell them their problems would be solved. Yet the most important thing that could be done is to give a kind word.

This week I was working with survivors teaching ESL (english as a second language) and said to a student “You are learning so fast, you did great. Gosh your smart.” The survivors that I have the privilege to teach are the most brave women and girls I have every met and incredibly intelligent. After my last class the women came to me and said”no one has ever told me I am smart.” She lived her whole life in a World full of oppression. I said a few words, I didn’t give her advice on what to change or how she can do better, I gave her kindness. I pray that I will learn this lesson with all the people that are in my life, that my first words are kindness.

Our prayer for you is that you will be able to share words of kindness to survivors of human trafficking and all the people you are around.

“But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankindappeared, 5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration andrenewing by the Holy Spirit”

Titus 3:4-5

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Prayers for Freedom, Salvation and Education to End Slavery

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To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding, To receive the instruction of wisdom,
 justice, judgment, and equity;To give prudence to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion.

Proverbs 1:1-3

Vulnerable people are the prey of human traffickers. One way that people are vulnerable is a lack of education.

 58 million primary school-age children are not in school. More than half of these children are girls and 75 percent of them live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Of all the primary-school age girls globally, 20 percent are not in school, compared to 16 percent of boys in this age group. That is one-in-five girl worldwide who aren’t going to primary school.

Half the Sky Movement.

In the prevention work that we do in an urban city in United States we have several kids that are either illiterate or have minimal reading skills. This brings vulnerability to each child that grows up attending school and yet unable to read.

I also believe that Jesus is the true path to freedom and when He is present in a person’s life then they choose the path and live in the destiny that God has for them. Which is freedom.

So this week our prayers are focused on salvation and education to see an end to slavery.

Education:

  • God protect girls who are in school from traffickers, terrorist and anyone that would try to prevent them from becoming educated. Psalm 61:3
  • Father, help education to be accessible to children around the world.
  • Provide teachers for children that can teach and inspire change in each child. Exodus 18:20

Freedom:

  • God help children to be freed from slavery. Psalm 81:6 Psalm 82:4
  • Victims would be free spiritually and mentally from traffickers and abusers. Galatians 5:1
  • Children would be free to live in the path that God has for them. Jeremiah 29:11-12

Salvation:

  • Survivors and victims would know the love of Jesus. Romans 8:39
  • Traffickers would repent and free the people they have enslaved. Acts 2:38
  • Revival would start around the world and people would know who they are in Christ. Free people. Matthew 3:2

Thank you for joining us in prayer we know your prayers are changing the world. Please continue to stand in prayer for freedom for the school girls in Nigeria #bringbackourgirls. And for the Christian girls and the Yazidi women held captive, reports say they are being sold.

 

 

 

 

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