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mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";} </style> <![endif]--> </p><h1 style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:6.0pt;margin-left: 0in;background:white"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:black">Friday, January 11, is Human Trafficking Awareness Day</span></h1><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black;font-weight:normal; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold"><br><b>Human trafficking</b> involves recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring or receiving individuals for the purpose of exploiting them.&nbsp; This is done through the use of force, coercion or duplicity such as a false promise of a better life in another country. <br><br>The United Nations crime-fighting office announced that 2.4 million people across the globe are victims of human trafficking at any one time.&nbsp; While some become domestic laborers, 8o% of trafficked persons are exploited as sexual slaves.&nbsp; They are trapped in lives of misery and cruelty; as those who follow the Prince of Peace, we dare not ignore this horrendous abuse of God's precious children. <br><br>Many of your American Baptist missionaries are working to end human trafficking by proclaiming release to the captives and helping the oppressed go free.&nbsp; <br><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/109-bethell">Lauran Bethell</a> – global consultant on Human Trafficking<br><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/96-smith-karen">Karen Smith</a> – Thailand<br><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/71-kelsey">Debbie Kelsey </a>– Italy<br><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/92-ripley">Kit Ripley</a> – Thailand<br><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/62-dieselberg">Annie &amp; Jeff Dieselberg</a> – Thailand<br><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/82-myers-terry-and-tom">Terry Myers</a> – Bulgaria<br><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/45-baits">Mylinda Baits</a> – regional missionary for Iberoamerica &amp; Central America<br><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/107-mann-lori-matt">Lori &amp; Matt Mann</a> – development workers in Laos<br><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/566-nambu">Jonathan &amp; Thelma Nambu</a> – Philippines<br><br>The Nambus are brand new, having joined International Ministries in December 2012 to work in the Philippines sharing the Gospel among women caught in prostitution.&nbsp; They will work in partnership with others to create&nbsp; prostitution-free societies around the world. <br><br>Please pray for all the missionaries and volunteers.&nbsp; Their ministries can be dangerous as they work to help trafficked women and children, and oppose those who exploit them.&nbsp; Learn more about their ministries by reading their journals posted here on the IM website.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br><b><br>Mission Projects to Fight Human Trafficking</b><br>International Ministries has seven mission projects that help those caught up in human trafficking.&nbsp; There are projects to provide care packages to imprisoned maids in Lebanon, to create an outreach center in the heart of the red light district in Thailand, and to help women in Mexico learn sewing skills so they have an alternative way to support themselves and their families.&nbsp; To see the full list of mission projects related to human trafficking <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/ministry_focus_areas/human_trafficking">click here</a>, then scroll down and you’ll see them on the right side.<br><br><b>Podcast Series on Human Trafficking</b><br>The American Baptist Women's Ministries of our own denomination also has an excellent online resource called “In Their Shoes: Women Walking with Women Worldwide.”&nbsp; This podcast series highlights through interviews the work of women engaged in addressing the exploitation of women and girls around the world in positive, life-affirming ways.&nbsp; We encourage you to visit <a href="http://www.intheirshoespodcast.org/">www.intheirshoespodcast.org</a> for some of these informative and inspirational stories.<br><br><b>Additional Information</b><br>The Faith Trust institute, dedicated to ending sexual and domestic violence, recommends a number of online sites to learn more about human trafficking and how you can make a difference, including: <a href="http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/news/2011/01/11/jan-11-national-human-trafficking-awareness-day/">The Not For Sale Campaign</a>, <a href="http://humantrafficking.org/">Humantrafficking.org</a>, and <a href="http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/civilrights/human_trafficking/human_trafficking">the FBI site on Human Trafficking</a>. <br><br><br><i>“Every faith community can take action as well, by educating their congregations, by joining in coalitions that are bound by a love of God and a concern for the oppressed.&nbsp; And like that Good Samaritan on the road to Jericho, we can’t just pass by, indifferent.&nbsp; We’ve got to be moved by compassion.&nbsp; We’ve got to bind up the wounds.&nbsp; Let’s come together around a simple truth -- that we are our brother’s keepers and we are our sister’s keepers.” </i><br>&nbsp;President Obama in a 2012 speech on ending human trafficking.</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:black;font-weight:normal; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold"></span> <p></p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/46295-january-11-human-trafficking-awareness-day https://internationalministries.org/read/46295-january-11-human-trafficking-awareness-day