Saturday, January 10

Slavery? Today?

Slavery. Wasn’t that abolished in the nineteenth century? Nope! The fact is that there are more humans enslaved today than ever before…27 million according to estimated statistics. Actual statistics are obviously difficult to obtain.

Whether for forced labor, servitude, human organs, exploitation for prostitution, which includes children, illegal adoption and marriage, or desperate, impoverished parents selling their children, the shackles have not disappeared.

Modern-day slavery is the second largest criminal industry in the world. It is said that 200,000 children in the U.S. are at high risk for sex trafficking and commercial exploitation every year.

These coerced souls bring their abductors an estimated worldwide income of $42.5 billion annually, which is more money than Google, Nike, and Starbucks combined. There are no lines of demarcation, no borders that contain this black-hearted element of humanity.

There is a movement happening to free these slaves, many of which are children. Sunday, January 11, is National Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Awareness Day. A new friend I met through Twitter, Diane Scimone, the president of Born to Fly International, asked me to write a post to help bring awareness to this worldwide degradation.

To become more informed, please do a search on the subject or visit these links…


* Break the Chains

* Call+Response
This is the first so-called rockumentary to expose the world’s 27 million most terrifying secrets.

* International Justice Mission

* Polaris

* Evangelical Covenant Church

Someone’s baby, child, or other loved one has been stolen from his/her safe surroundings and is forced into doing things he/she does not want to do! Something that violates his/her body or conscience. Please give some thought as to what you can do. Please consider adding this to your prayer list. May the Lord bless you!

~~Blessings, Lynn~~
15 Responses
  1. Molly Says:

    Thanks for doing a post on this. It amazes me that people are shocked to discover that slavery still exists in the world (and heck, our own country)

    Good job! Now I am going to go check out the links.

  2. Thank you, Lynn, for your voice and for bringing awareness to this pandemic. The more we can learn about modern slavery and human trafficking--such as through the information you've provided--the sooner we can remove the shackles from the people involved.

    Good post--thank you!

    Diana Scimone
    Born to Fly International, Inc.
    Stopping child trafficking...setting kids free to soar

  3. Renae Says:

    Thank you, Lynn, for bringing this to our minds and hearts.

  4. lynnmosher Says:

    You're so right, Molly! Thanks for you kind comment. I appreciate it. And thanks for your post as well. Blessings to you...

  5. lynnmosher Says:

    Diana, I am so honored that you asked me to be a part of this. It was a privilege to write this. I pray it will help shine a needed light on the topic and help bring a solution and end to tragedy. Blessings to you in your efforts...

  6. lynnmosher Says:

    Sweet Renae, Thank you for taking time to read and comment on this horrific topic. Bless you...

  7. Lorrie Says:

    Lynn, This is an issue that has been close to my heart for a long long time! I don't know how I didn't know about the special day just right around the corner!!
    Thank you, thank you for doing this very important post :-)

  8. Sita Says:

    Hi Lynn,
    My sister volunteers with a woman from our church ( who works with Ratanak Foundation /IJM to help combat this evil. This weekend coming up, there will be a conference at our church about this.
    The work done by some of these people have helped in apprehending a couple of pedophiles working in Cambodia...
    it's hard to grasp the evil behind hurting children, isn't it?

  9. This is an awful shock that this still is in the world. Glad you are bringing it to light.

  10. It is hard to believe that this horrible thing is going on in the world today, glad you are bringing it to light.

  11. Lynn, thanks for posting this. I love the IJM and am so thankful that God's children are stepping up to be voices for the oppressed.

  12. Lynn,

    Thank you for raising our awareness. I am featuring this piece with a link to your blog on Monday at the High Calling blog site.

    Gordon Atkinson

  13. this makes my problems seem so trivial. thanks for the reminder.

  14. Ade Says:

    People in Europe and the americas might be suprised that slave trade still thrives, but we in Africa have been living with the pandemic despite the show of abolishment. It hapens now in different shades as you enumerated. Our national leaders are also involved - what with the stringent conditionalities attached to loans and financial aids! Thanks Lynn, for calling attention to this subject again. Let's pray.

  15. Thank you for writing this post and for challenging me to do more for the poor, marginalized, disenfranchised, oppressed, and enslaved.

    I do not know the statistics, but live in a area just a few short miles from an area that is one of the most popular spots for teeage age prostitutes in the state of California.

    According to our Vice Squad chief in a phone conversation I had with him. Many are coming from good homes and most are not drug addicts. Some how a slick talking pimp is able to convince these girls that it is a easy way to make a fast buck. Once they get them to our City they turn them into slaves.