- Human trafficking is the third largest criminal industry in the world (with the first and second being drug trafficking and arms trafficking).
- 27 million persons are victims worldwide.
- 18,000 people are brought to the U.S. per year in some form of human trafficking.
- 30,000 are trafficked through the U.S. on their way to other countries
- 244,000 US minors are trafficked within the US into some form of sexual exploitation.
- 1.2 million children are sold into sexual slavery each year.
- 80% of victims are female with a disproportionately high number women of color.
- 50% of victims are children under the age of 18.
The primary solution to end trafficking is through reducing the demand for it. Sex trafficking is a rampant problem in Houston, enslaving both international and native Houston girls and women. It is an economic issue of supply and demand. There will always be a supply as long as there is a demand for sex trafficking!
All of the traffickers and pimps can be arrested and all of the victims can be rescued, but as long as there are buyers, who are typically men, creating a demand for young girls and women, new traffickers are more than willing to provide a supply of new girls, new slaves. Human trafficking is highly profitable. Therefore, to effectively fight human trafficking you must reduce the demand and hold the buyers responsible for their actions.Submit your own letter here.
Clearly the issue of Human Trafficking has caught on with young Christians, particularly Evangelicals. Go deeper and connect with the abolitionist work of Pastor Omar Garcia, Houston Rescue and Restore, Ted Law and the Access Church, or The Coalition to Abolish Human Trafficking. If you’re in an area church, check out anti-slavery resources in your own denomination, such as the Union Baptist Association, The Catholic Church or Mennonite Church, USA.
God invites us to join this creative work and follow Jesus in carrying out his mission: to bring good news to the poor, release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and freedom to those who are oppressed (Luke 4:18). May it be so for us all.