Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 82:3-4)
The Problem of Human Trafficking
Trafficking women and children for sexual exploitation is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world.
- At least 20.9 million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide into commercial sexual servitude, forced labor, and bonded labor.
- About 2 million children are exploited every year in the global commercial sex trade.
- Almost 6 in 10 identified trafficking survivors were trafficked for sexual exploitation.
- Women and girls make up 98% of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation.
The FBI ranks the Twin Cities region as one of the nation's 13 largest centers for sex trafficking of children. Within 48 hours, the vast majority of runaways will have been approached to engage in commercial sex exploitation or survival sex. The average age a girl enters this life is only 12.
Despite the fact that international law and the laws of 134 countries criminalize sex trafficking, it still happens and is growing at an alarming rate. This reality makes it clear that fighting human trafficking needs a bigger solution, it needs the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Sovereign Grace Church is committed to engage this growing problem both locally and globaly. We are actively bringing awareness to the problem of human trafficking and building ministry partnerships to engage the victims and perpetrators of human trafficking with the gospel.
Ways to Get Involved:
- Pray individually or start a prayer group to pray specifically for the victims and perpetrators of human trafficking.
- Work with pastor Shawn to coordinate an awareness event or raise awareness among friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
- Support our international partners Sutisana and Samaritan Creations.
While some statistics exist on sex trafficking, more accurate and comprehensive research is still needed. The information above was collected from the following sources:
- KARE 11 Investigates: Sex Trafficking
- International Labour Organization, ILO global estimate of forced labour: results and methodology (2012) p. 13.
- UNICEF, Children Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Out of Reach; Abused and Neglected, Millions of Children Have Become Virtually Invisible (Dec. 2005).
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, 2012, p. 7.