Human Trafficking Awareness Day

January 11, 2010


Today, as of a Senate resolution passed in 2007, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and as announced by Barack Obama, this month is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. There are lots of crazy things going on in the blogosphere, from the mess that is the current state of HTML5 for folks who make websites, to the goodbyes to Emergent among emerging and missional church folks.

These crazy things are all important to me and deserve their own virtual ink, but at the moment I feel strongly that it is necessary to reflect today upon our brothers and sisters, all 27 million of them, oppressed by the world’s most lucrative criminal activity. I want to mourn for my own complicity in this system.

I want you to mourn for your complicity in this system.

Today, Julie Clawson wrote this:

We all participate in the system. Even if we don’t pay for sex – our cheap produce was picked by slaves, our clothes were sewn by slaves, our dishes were washed by slaves. We are all funding systems of slavery and human trafficking. We are all pimps.

If that pisses you off – it should. Don’t roll your eyes, or say it’s preposterous. Get over yourself and deal with it. Truth is truth even if it hurts.

She continues and gives really basic things that you can do today to try to fight human trafficking. Be encouraged by these things. I also want to draw attention today to folks who are dedicating their lives to ending slavery in all its various forms, and encourage you to see and support things they are doing.

These are just a few of the things that are going on. These people and organizations reach into brothels and sweatshops, farms and villages, and also reach us in our churches and schools and boardrooms. Celebrate them, and join them.