[Four Days to End Sex Slavery is a series of four actions that support new campaigns focused on ending sex slavery around the globe. Through the donation of a few dollars, a few minutes of your time, or a few shares on your own social media, we steadily move towards an end to the trade in humans and forced prostitution. Read the whole series as it develops.]
A commonly cited fact is that there are currently 27 million modern-day slaves in the world. More than the entire trans-Atlantic slave trade years combined.
That is a staggering number.
Just this week the 2012 Trafficking in Persons report was released. This annual report gathers data and analytics from around the world to identify trends, risks, best practices, needs and successes. From the report we read, “Trafficked people have typically been tricked, lied to, threatened, assaulted, raped or confined. But the term “victim” does not mean that a person who has suffered those crimes was necessarily incapable or helpless. In many cases, these people have shown tremendous strength in the face of horrible adversity.” (page 11)
It takes commitment and time to bring about the freedom and justice that we wish to see. For the last 15 years International Justice Mission (IJM) has been working to free slaves across the globe. By taking on their cause and court cases, by advocating and petitioning, by the power of knowledge and volunteers, IJM works for one purpose: Freedom.
This summer you can be part of that commitment. The Freedom Challenge is a way for you as an individual, for your family or for your community to actively engage the issue of modern-day slavery and bring about change.
IJM provides all of the materials and information for you to become an Advocate and FreedomMaker.
ACTION: Commit to Freedom
Visit the IJM website and choose your Challenge
Share your desire to make a difference with friends and family and invite them to be a part
Research the long-term ways your efforts can help whether you are in school, a professional, a community leader or an artist, or a willing volunteer
Don’t stop talking about freedom. Consider going further and becoming an IJM Freedom Partner
For more info visit: http://www.ijm.org/