Modern Day Slavery
By Katie Conely on June 15th, 2012

Orphans are especially vulnerable to human trafficking all over the world, even in the United States. People in many social justice movements are becoming aware of this great injustice and being moved to rescue and protect the helpless. This blog post is by Cathleen Brown, from a Journey117 team in Iraq. Journey117 exists to equip orphan advocates to serve cross-culturally by taking trips to visit and learn about Christian, secular, and government approaches to orphan care all over the world. After seeing orphan care from all angles, they celebrate the Church as the practical solution to the orphan care problem. In this post, Brown writes to promote awareness and strongly motivate people to action against human trafficking wherever they are. She states,

It is estimated that 1.2 million children are trafficked each year in internationally and between 50 and 60 percent of the children are under the age of 16 (UNICEF). Human trafficking of orphans internationally and domestically is driven by pornography and greed.

Orphans are vulnerable to trafficking as they are emotionally, mentally and physically not able to defend themselves, they have no one to stand up for them them, and due to poverty, are often sold by family members so others may have food and shelter.  In order to prevent the trafficking of orphans, there must be a place for the children to go that is an alternative to the deplorable option of trafficking life where they are loved and cared for.  The communities need education, prevention, strict justice for the traffickers, and rehabilitation for the children taken out of the sex trade.

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