There are an estimated 27,000,000 men, women and children held in bondage worldwide each year. IN the US alone, there are over 100,000 U.S. citizen children enslaved in sex trafficking a year, plus another 17,000 foreign nationals. At $150,000,000,000 (that’s right, billion!) yearly profit, human trafficking is the biggest world-wide money making illegal business, considered more profitable than drugs or gun sales because the “merchandise” is sold over and over!
What makes this the fastest growing illegal industry? According to Cathy O’Keege of Breaking Traffik in the Quad Cities, it is
- The continual demand for services and
- The fact that it still is socially acceptable.
We at FCC don’t think this is acceptable!
The Department of Homeland Security has named January 11 as a national day of awareness of human trafficking. As part of that awareness, its Blue Campaign asks people to WEAR BLUE in remembrance of those who are enslaved.
On Sunday, January 10, wear blue to worship and wear blue on Monday, January 11—to show your solidarity with those needing to be set free.
Source: Chalice Tidings First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Macomb, IL