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ChurchWatch 01/11/08

Voices Against Modern Slavery

Today is the National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness -- were you aware of that? Were you aware that human trafficking still exists in the world? What is human trafficking? It is slavery, plain and simple.

In June of 2007, the United States Congress passed a resolution making January 11th the National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness in order to bring attention to this evil, which continues to be perpetrated on women, children and men in every nation around the globe.

The U.S. State Department estimates there are 12.3 million people in forced labor, bonded labor, forced child labor and sexual servitude worldwide. They also estimate that 80 percent of victims are women and children, the majority of which are trafficked for sexual servitude.

Cases of human trafficking have been reported in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta.

According to a report by Concerned Women for America, there is a growing crisis of child prostitution in the city of Atlanta, Georgia, where men fly into the area during the day to have sex with children and then return home to their families at night.

While the major cities having this problem are not a surprise, it is not limited to them. CWA reports that Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky and Wyoming, to name a few, have also been reported to have human trafficking cases.

Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Senior Fellow of the Beverly LaHaye Institute, said, "Increasingly, there is awareness of human trafficking at the international level while many people remain convinced that the problem doesn't exist here in America and certainly not close to where they live. On this special day of awareness, Concerned Women for America (CWA) calls its members and friends to pray for victims and asks them to study the resources that are available through CWA to increase awareness about the problem of modern-day slavery."

The Beverly LaHaye Institute has a section about sex trafficking, and the links page will direct you to other sources of research and information on the topic. The first step to eradicating human trafficking is to become aware of the problem, and the next step is to pray for rescue and restoration for the victims.

Related News Story on Human Trafficking from Christian World News

New TV Documentary 'THE BETTER HOUR: The Legacy of William Wilberforce'

A new one-hour television documentary, "THE BETTER HOUR: The Legacy of William Wilberforce", will appear nationwide on public television beginning in February, 2008.

William Wilberforce was the legendary British Parliamentarian who led the 20-year fight for the 1807 abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, as well as helped establish 69 philanthropies and countless social reforms that changed the culture of 19th century England.

“Let no man forget the name of William Wilberforce” said Frederick Douglas.

Learn more about Wilberforce at CBN.com's Amazing Grace special feature.

This one-hour documentary, shot in high definition, will coincide with international events commemorating the 200th anniversary of the abolition of British and American slave trade in a 20-year heroic effort led in British Parliamentarian by Wilberforce.

"The Better Hour" will provide greater content and commentary on the inspiration and influence of Wilberforce, who in his day was a household name in both the UK and America, and soon will be once again with major events planned for this 200th anniversary by Parliament, Congress, charitable institutions, universities and museums. This film is funded by the John Templeton Foundation.

Learn more at http://www.thebetterhour.com/tbh/

CBN.com's Amazing Grace special feature

More from CBN.com's Black History special feature

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