We had an important coffee hour on World communion Sunday: Andrea Reynolds talked to us about human trafficking, and how it affects places in New Jersey where many of us would not have suspected it: Rural communities, large sports events and even military bases.For many of us, Andrea’s PowerPoint presentation presented a new reality, one that makes the familiar places of our world shine in a different light. Here are some of the grim data she shared:
- Human trafficking appears in two forms, sex trafficking and labor trafficking.
Common to both is that they are forms of modern slavery.
- In 2014, slave traders earned $32 billion worldwide.
- Today, approximately 30 million people live in slavery across the world.
- A study from a non-profit agency (A Heart for Justice) shows that a human trafficker can earn annually up to $200,000 per victim.
- Frequent places of human trafficking include international airports, major highways, and professional sports teams.
- The FBI estimates that currently 100,000 youth are being trafficked in the U.S.; the average age of entry is 12-14.
- Super Bowl is the most important trafficking event in the U.S.
Andrea came to us as representative of “RESTORE ONE”, a non-profit group with the mission to help boys – the male victims of human trafficking. The agency is building a Christ-centered safe-home for boys, the first of its kind in the United States.
Andrea suggested several ways by which we can become involved: Spread the word, become a partner, consider an internship, buy fair-trade, host an event, and reach the youth were a few of them. Important is also to have the following phone numbers:
911 Local Law Enforcement
1.888.373.7888 Human Trafficking Hotline
1.855.363.6548 NJ Human Trafficking Coalition
If you missed Andrea’s presentation, there will be a second chance: Andrea will come back to First Reformed Church to teach the First Wednesday’s Adult Education Class in December. We hope to see you there.
When? December 2, 2015, 7:00-9:00PM
Where? Fellowship Hall on 9 Bayard Street
Hope to see you there!
With fond wishes, Pastor Hartmut