Video created by Melanie Groenenboom (used with permission).

 

Hidden in the visible textures of our cities we encounter trafficking in glimpses and neon inference on every corner; in professions and places we associate with choice.

Hardly subtle, exploitation is so saturated into our culture and sense of entertainment - that we confuse it for progressive liberty. 

The buying and selling of people, like guns and drugs, affects every continent, country and economy on the planet.  

It is therefore impossible to have the discussion of eradicating it without first acknowledging squarely and honestly that the much of our economic health and modern industry is upheld by plundering the vulnerable people.

Even still, human trafficking remains poorly understood and rarely recognized; often, victims of trafficking are identified as criminals rather than individuals in need of an exit.  

As Christians we are without option.  To overlook the realities of oppression or remain vague in our moral obligation to them - is to abandon the gospel altogether. 

INTERNATIONAL | Shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.  Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services slavery, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs. - Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children

CANADA | Every person who recruits, transports, transfers, receives, holds, conceals or harbours a person, or exercises control, direction or influence over the movements of a person, for the purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation is guilty of an indictable offence. - Section 279.01 (1) of the Canadian Criminal Code 

UNITED STATES | (A) Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or (B) the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. - Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000