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
The 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.
HEART // PEOPLE’S STORIES
Products that use slave labour
Antislavery.org’s article on Slavery and what we buy.
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
Watch this story from an ex-porn actress
Watch this video about how 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
- World Vision: http://www.worldvision.com.au/issues/Human_Trafficking___Slavery.aspx
- The Salvos: http://endslavery.salvos.org.au/get-involved/
- A21: http://www.a21.org/index.php
- Destiny Rescue: http://www.destinyrescue.org/aus/
- Fight the New Drug: http://fightthenewdrug.org/get-involved/#sthash.HMbZpyjp.dpbs