Friday, 11 April 2014

People trafficking in the UK: modern slavery in dark and dastardly places

People trafficking or human trafficking, the curse of modern slavery, is alive today in the UK.  The extent and the exact number of abused workers, who are denied their freedom, human rights and dignity by modern day slavery, are unknown, but we know that it is a grave problem and growth area.

Children, young women and vulnerable folk in their desperation have been drawn into a web of corruption and crime through evil exploitation. Promising poor and needy people the prospect of food, work and accommodation in the UK has led to this slavery that holds these sad souls in bleak conditions, where they are subjected to violence and intimidation. These 21st century slaves are forced to work in sordid situations which can include the sex industry, sweat shops, agricultural and farm labour, and domestic servitude in private residences, where these people are prisoners under brutal overseers.

According to Steve Chalke
Human trafficking is the fastest growing global crime and is now the second largest after the illegal arms trade. It involves the movement of people, against their will, through violence, deception or coercion for the purpose of sex, forced labour or even body parts. Men, women and children are all victims of trafficking; although approximately 80% are women and girls and up to 50% are children. 

While many in churches are unaware and uninformed about this issue, there are those who have become activists against this evil enterprise that is estimated to enslave thousands and thousands of people.  Some Christian activists are now seeking to set the captives free and to bring them a future and a hope where righteousness dwells.

Christians living a comfortable bourgeois life should consider what they can do to help such needy souls. Are we at ease in Zion? We should never be complacent, because this is happening in our capital city and in other towns, camp sites and settlements throughout the UK. The Lord requires us to do justice, to love mercy and grace, and to walk humbly with God.  Doing justice is not an optional enterprise, a choice that we can volunteer for and occasionally engage in; it is at the heart of the Christian message and Jesus's manifesto in Luke 4.18-19.

What are you doing in Jesus's name to release the oppressed?  

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