THINK SMALLER ... AIM LOWER ... SERVE YOUNGER
Telling the Bible’s Big Story
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Children in Crises
David P. Forsythe wrote: "The fact remained that at the beginning of the nineteenth century an estimated three-quarters of all people alive were trapped in bondage against their will either in some form of slavery." While slavery has existed for thousands of years, the social, economic, and legal position of slaves was vastly different in different systems of slavery in different times and places. In Great Britain, William Wilberforce led an anti-slavery movement in the early 1800s. It was successful and slavery was abolished. In America, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and slavery was abolished. Slavery has been abolished, or has it? Consider these facts:
· About 15,000 children are trafficked into the United States every year
· There are approximately 30 million slaves in the world today
· Human trafficking is the 3rd largest international crime industry (behind only illegal drugs and arms trafficking) and generates approximately $32 billion in profit worldwide every year.
· Approximately 80% of human trafficking is sex slave and 19% involves labor exploitation.
· In India, one of the hot beds of sex trade, children are sold into slavery as part of a religious tradition. Daughters are offered to temples as a gift. As young as eight or nine years old, these girls are used by priests for their sexual pleasure. When they’re older, they are sold into brothels.
Every child deserves to be free. No person should be a slave and certainly no child should be a slave. While in Kolkata, we were deeply moved about the number of children who have become slaves. We are trying to help some of those children.