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called to pray?

called to pray?

I’ve been called to pray – in an activist faith type of way. It’s been a bit over 2 years since my world was turned topsy turvey and I was moved in major ways with a passion for Human Trafficking.  I was sitting in church with tears as I worked through some things that had happened in my family.  I was questioning God, and ever so gently He whispered – “but now you know just a portion of what I feel for each of them.”  In that moment, as God revealed a small portion of his...

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How to Stand Against Human Trafficking

How to Stand Against Human Trafficking

When I speak about stopping human trafficking, people often ask, “How?” I don’t have all of the answers, but in our book and DVD Not in My Town, Charles Powell and I include a chapter that shares many of the solutions we are discovering along the way. These include ideas we have implemented, along with many we have picked up from our friends and partners in this effort. Choose one or more from the list below and work to help end human trafficking. 1. Start (or Sign) a Petition.  With the ease...

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Using Social Media to Stop Slavery

Using Social Media to Stop Slavery

This week, the US 2011 Trafficking in Persons national report was released. The entire document includes lengthy details regarding the status of human trafficking in nearly every nation of the world, but I mention it here because of one development in which you may have played a part–using social media to stop slavery. The excerpt reads: As shown in the recent events in the Middle East and North Africa, the growing reach of new and social media platforms has empowered grassroots activists with...

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End Slavery – Start Now

End Slavery – Start Now

As many of you know, I have frequently spoken out on the issue of human trafficking. One of my long-term dreams is for Christians to be on the front lines of stopping slavery in our generation.Part of this dream has includes providing a book and DVD to help equip believers and churches to begin anti-trafficking work in their communities. Now this dream is a reality. My co-authored book and DVD project with Charles Powell, Not in My Town, is now available. While others have written on this...

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Sex: Don’t Buy It

Sex: Don’t Buy It

The trafficking of children for sale at the Super Bowl is well documented.  Texas Attorney General Abbott is taking a stand and has prepared a task force to identify and respond to traffickers who plan to sell children at the Super Bowl.  However, it is not enough to expect law enforcement and victim advocates to bear the entire burden of responding to this issue, which is expected to include many victims.  In support of the efforts of the task force, we are requesting the Super Bowl Host...

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The Right Kind of Activism

The Right Kind of Activism

Last night I spoke with a group of college students about modern slavery and human trafficking in America. After my presentation, a friend of mine asked how it turned out. I told him, “The women were all ready to start aftercare centers for trafficking victims and the guys were all ready to blow something up!” The problem with addressing human trafficking is not getting people fired up about it; it’s finding constructive ways to help. The same is often true of other areas...

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Just Do Something

Just Do Something

I recently contacted a young woman who is working to helping women escape the commercial sex industry. When I asked her how she found the women she worked with, I was surprised at her response. “I’m a Christian and don’t have friends in those places. So I found a local paper that includes ads for massage parlors and escort services and just started calling the numbers. “When someone answered, I explained who I was and asked how I could help them. Sometimes the women...

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