September is Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Houston. What is human trafficking?
Today, tens of millions of lives around the world are in the grip of injustice. Slavery doesn't’t just occur in history books. Slavery happens every day in every country. More children, women and men are held in slavery right now than over the course of the entire trans-Atlantic slave trade – millions toil in bondage, their work and even their bodies the property of an owner.
Human Trafficking – modern day slavery – is the second largest criminal industry in the world and the fastest growing. It generates profits in excess of $32 billion a year for those who, by force and deception, sell human lives into bondage. That is more than the NFL, NBA and MLB combined.
It is happening here in Houston. The I-10 corridor is a hotspot for transportation of trafficked victims. We host two international airports and sea port. International business and population make it easy for anyone to blend
in. We are home to more sexually oriented businesses than Las Vegas. Victims are hidden in plain site.
As the body of Christ, its time we step up to the front lines to defend the innocent lives of these victims. There are many opportunities to learn more and take action during September as it is Houston’s Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Here are just a few...
- Saturday, Sept. 6, 4-8 p.m.: 5th Annual Big Dipper Dash 5K run/walk - The route goes through Stude Park in the Heights and along White Oak Bayou.
- Saturday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Shop Smart Fair Trade Shopping Market - Stansbury Building, Westchase Campus, First Methodist Houston
- Monday, Sept. 15, 6 p.m.: Interfaith Anti-Human Trafficking Seder, Chapelwood United Methodist Church
- Tuesday, Sept. 16: Labyrinth Walk for Freedom, Dominican Center for Spirituality
- Saturday, Sept. 20: Women's Interfaith Peace Conference, First Methodist Houston Downtown Campus
- Sunday, Sept. 21: Local Fare for Local Freedom, Sparrow Bar & Cookshop
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