Ministers & Advocates for HumanTrafficking Victims
Trafficking is one of the worst atrocities happening in our society at this time. It is deliberate control, manipulation, force and torture of a human being whose rights have been overtaken by another human being.
God placed a desire in our hearts and he has given us the urge to get involved in the anti-trafficking movement in some way. God has inspired us to jump in with both feet.
I always remind myself that God doesn’t need us to accomplish His purposes, but He sure does want us involved in the great things He does. He’ll use you, right where you are, for His glory, and He will equip you for whatever it is He wants you to do.
The selling and trading of human life for the purpose of sex, labor or any other purpose is an attack on human dignity. The reality is sex trafficking turns people, often very young girls, into mere commodities — sexual objects to be bought, sold, used and discarded. No human being should be treated this way. At its core, sex trafficking is an issue affecting the sanctity of human life.
As Christians, we believe in the sanctity of all human life — from fertilization to natural death. Human trafficking degrades and often destroys human lives that are made in the image of God.
Human trafficking is the dirty secret that has been hidden too long in our country. It’s in our own backyard whether we live in the city or the countryside. The reason why it is a problem is due to the fact that many of us have no idea this even exists in our communities.
This is not just a big city problem like Atlanta, New York, LA, or Las Vegas. It can flourish in upper-class suburbs, rural areas, and even in small towns. Sex-trafficking has already touched Colquitt County in 2015. A brothel raided by federal and local law-enforcement linked rural Colquitt County to an interstate prostitution ring.
The victims found here were immigrants, but sex-traffickers victimize people of all backgrounds and races. Trafficking victims (including child trafficking victims) suffer physical, emotional, and mental anguish from horrible abuse.
Nationally, 450,000 children run away from home each year. One out of every three teens on the street will be lured toward sex trafficking within 48 hours of leaving home. Statistically, this means at least 150,000 children are lured into sex trafficking each year. The average age of entry into sex trafficking is 12-14 for girls and 11-13 for boys.
Our plan, as a ministry, is to network and join anti-trafficking organizations and agencies including Georgia Cares and Wellspring Living as faith-based partners. As we take a stand as advocates and partners with these organizations, we can minister to the victims of sex-trafficking and guide them in their recovery.
Our hope is that by being advocates and bringing awareness of sex-trafficking to our community through training events in our churches and schools, we can help save young children, and young women or young men from falling into the clutches of these predators.
The Bible tells us how we can help victims of trafficking in Isaiah 61:1:
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.