Human trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, including commercial sex acts, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude. Trafficking is particularly common in agriculture, domestic work, construction, manufacturing/sweat shops and other forms of manual labor. An estimated 27 million persons - children, women, men - are enslaved in our world because of human trafficking, the world’s second largest criminal enterprise (behind only the drug trade). And, as much as 69% of the world’s cocoa is produced in western Africa with estimates of children laborers as high as 1.8 million, rising numbers of whom are trafficked. The vast majority of modern day slaves are found in agriculture and mining, growing and extracting things that we consumers demand like coffee.
The ideas accessed here can enable you and your congregation to become aware, confront, and engage this global human rights issue.
You Can Help
Here are a few ways you can help end human trafficking:
- Buy fair trade chocolate.
- Buy fair trade coffee and tea. Or visit Equal Exchange to buy fair trade coffee and tea from small-scale farmers.
- Write a letter to your legislators.
- Learn more about “blood cashews".
Your Congregation Can Help
Here are a few ways your congregation can help end human trafficking:
- Buy fair trade chocolate for your next holiday event hosted at your congregation. Here is a list of holiday chocolate campaign ideas for your next congregational event.
- Buy fair coffee and tea for your next potluck. Or visit Equal Exchange to buy fair trade coffee and tea from small-scale farmers.
- Discuss the Aims of Fair Trade Standards during your church school class. Discuss what members and can to support sustainable, small-scale farmers.
- Hold a one-hour class to understand the problem of global human trafficking and our call to fight it. Use this PowerPoint presentation with your class.
- Hold a three-hour workshop to understand the problem of global human trafficking and consider becoming a modern abolitionist. Use the anti-human trafficking exercise and this PowerPoint presentation during your workshop.
- Review the Stop Trafficking PowerPoint presentation.