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Human Trafficking Awareness Day was created by the U.S. Congress in 2007.
Human Trafficking is the buying and selling of people, usually children and young women. It is slavery, and it is real, and it happens in the United States. Young children and women have been sold from other countries into the United States and are trafficked through the country as either domestic slaves or prostitutes. Surprisingly, not every state has laws in place to protect children and young adults.
While there have been news reports about child prostitutes in other countries, specifically in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia, there is an alarming rate in the United States.
Many churches recognize Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and so here are some resources you can use in your church to bring awareness for your congregation:
I have written Worship Resources for January 11th that can be used in your congregation–with scriptures, reflections, prayers and litanies:
Human Trafficking Awareness Day Resources
American Baptist Women’s Ministries: Break the Chains The American Baptist Women’s Ministries site with information, facts and resources
Holly Boardman, a retired UMC minister, has a number of resources posted on her site.
If you have other resources, you can reply to this post below and add your sites.