Week 8 – Human Trafficking

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Human Trafficking is modern day slavery, involving the commoditisation of people, who are enslaved in forced labour, or various forms of the sex industry.

The Church has long been at the fore in the fight against slavery, and human trafficking, however, we get slavery and human trafficking wrong when we fight against the industry while ignoring the behaviours, our behaviours, that fuel demand for the industry. If we want cheap products, then somebody has to pay.

Jesus makes this right by generously deciding to pay the cost for others at the cross, rather than making others pay for his decisions.

HEAD // GOD’S STORY

Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 8.03.02 pmThe Bible is the story of God rescuing people from slavery and oppression, which are symptoms of our rejection of Him and our slavery to sin. At the Cross, Jesus pays the cost for our freedom and brings us rest.

Here is the Slavery Footprint Calculator mentioned in the talk

READ HOW GOD’S STORY HELPS US THINK ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING (PDF)


 HEART // PEOPLE’S STORIES

Products that use slave labour

The Global Slavery Index

Antislavery.org’s article on Slavery and what we buy. 

Free2Work

An article from Quartz Magazine about slavery and supply chains.

Read some real life stories from Stop the Traffick. https://www.stopthetraffik.org/real-life-stories

Ethical shopping apps

GoodGuide — an app from the US that lets you scan barcodes of products from around the world (it seems to mostly have big international brands in its database at this point).

Shop Ethical —  an Australian app covering a wide variety of ethical issues, including labour.

Slavery and Pornography
Watch Collective Shout’s video on human trafficking and pornography

http://www.collectiveshout.org/video_clicking_porn_fuels_sex_trafficking_refuse_to_click

Watch this story from an ex-porn actress

http://fightthenewdrug.org/an-ex-porn-actress-story-the-dark-reality-of-porn
Watch this video about how porn changes the brain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=101&v=m1jlkLcmwqM
For more on the way porn changes the brain, read: http://fightthenewdrug.org/porn-changes-the-brain

Slavery in Australia

Read the Salvation Army’s plea for Australians to think more broadly about human trafficking, and Sandra’s story. http://www.biblesociety.org.au/news/theres-more-to-slavery-than-sex-salvation-army

Fighting slavery

  1. World Vision: http://www.worldvision.com.au/issues/Human_Trafficking___Slavery.aspx
  2. The Salvos: http://endslavery.salvos.org.au/get-involved/
  3. A21: http://www.a21.org/index.php
  4. Destiny Rescue: http://www.destinyrescue.org/aus/
  5. Fight the New Drug: http://fightthenewdrug.org/get-involved/#sthash.HMbZpyjp.dpbs