Learn How to Help Young Victims on Human Trafficking Awareness Sunday

1/10/2013

Surprisingly, modern day slavery has reared its ugly head as a huge issue in our own home state of Texas -- in the form of human trafficking. It often starts innocently enough with a needy individual looking for legitimate work or a needy child seeking the fulfillment of basic life needs. But these vulnerable youngsters, adolescents or adults often experience violence, terror or pain as others try to control them in hidden relationships. About a third of these ‘modern day slaves,’ that are freed in the U.S. each year, find their liberty because an average person sees something they cannot ignore.

Do you know what to look for or what to do if you see something suspicious? Human trafficking is not confined to the big cities. “It is happening everywhere, but we do not have to sit idly by,” says Rev. Diane McGehee, Director of TAC Missional Excellence. “It is a huge issue world wide, but there are things that can be done starting right where we live. In response to a resolution passed at Annual Conference to sponsor an awareness Sunday each January, TAC is working to educate and inspire individuals and churches to draw closer to the oppressed, broken and imprisoned right here in Texas. The solution starts with awareness.”

 

Illicit clubs and spas, for example, often serve as fronts for the recruitment, harboring, transportation and provision of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act and/or for illegal labor or services.

 

This Sunday, January 13, all are invited to “hear the cry” of these victims. Action items, more information and ideas are available to address this issue via the conference website at http://www.txcumc.org/missionalexcellence. Learn the many ways you can know God’s heart about injustice and those living in the hellish realities of our world. Join the Texas Conference in the fight to end human trafficking.