San Diego is doing an outstanding job of fighting human trafficking and has many groups that are actively engaged in the fight. They have both North County and San Diego County community meetings that meet once a month in addition to several other great groups that meet like Massage Outreach. In addition, Churches Against Trafficking is working to educate the faith community with bi-monthly events. You can find all these meetings at this site: http://www.abolishhumantrafficking.com/events/
While all these efforts are working to reduce human trafficking, we need more participation by the faith community to prevent human trafficking because in the U.S. 51% of people attend some type of faith community so clearly that is where the manpower is.
So how do we work as a faith community to prevent human trafficking? We come together as a coalition and empower our men to be leaders in raising awareness regarding the destructive nature of porn and how it creates demand for sex trafficking victims. We invite a representative from a local foster care organization to come speak at our services to recruit good foster parents, given that over 70% of victims are from the foster care system. We can work with the city to close down the illegal massage parlors. We can host a fair trade table at our church and school fairs to educate people that over 2/3 of all human trafficking in the world is labor trafficking and by being responsible for purchasing imported products that state "fair trade," we reduce demand.We can do a fundraiser for a local non-profit. These are just five examples of how we can prevent human trafficking. The book "How You Can Fight Human Trafficking, Over 100 Ways to Make a Difference" offers many more actions.
Social scientists tell us that once we reach a critical mass of awareness and people taking action, the social issue will be resolved. Until that critical mass of 10% is reached, it is like rolling a rock uphill and there isn't enough traction so groups often fall apart. Once critical mass is reached, there is velocity. If it took 10 years to reach 10%, it only takes 2 to 3 years to reach 20%. So Cal Faith Coalitions is currently using their contacts to send people to the Churches Against Trafficking meetings. Faith Communities can find Churches Against Trafficking events at the link above. When people in the faith community can come to a meeting to find out how to act and only have to simply duplicate what others are doing they quickly move into action. At these coalition meetings, faith communities inspire and encourage each other as well as learn from experts about human trafficking. Through collaboration we will quickly reach the 10%. You can find actions for faith communities as well as presentations you an use and resources like flyers by "clicking" on the resource button.
The illicit Sex Trade is estimated to be $810 million/per year in San Diego.
Join Churches Against Trafficking to know how you and your church can get involved. https://www.churchesagainsttrafficking.com
Please access the PLNU Center for Justice and Reconciliation calendar to find their meetings. http://www.abolishhumantrafficking.com/events/
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