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Does domestic violence intersect with human trafficking? Absolutely.   According to the 2009 Department of State Trafficking in Person Report, almost 70% of adult female survivors of human trafficking experienced domestic violence before they were trafficked. People who are experiencing intimate partner violence may decide to escape the abuse by leaving their home and community – but their choice for survival […]
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Haiti knows brokenness.   There are few jobs. There is not enough food as it is, but the anticipated population explosion within the next 20 years will worsen this problem. It is often considered the world’s poorest country with about three-quarters of its population living on less than $2 USD per day.   Deforestation has eliminated 98% of Haiti’s forests, magnifying the effects of natural […]
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Lola was 18 years old when she was “gifted” as a domestic helper to a Filipino family immigrating to the United States. Her story headlined the June 2017 edition of The Atlantic, told from the perspective of one of the sons who was about 11 of 12 years old when he made a disillusioning discovery: that Lola was, in fact, their […]
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  As a modern abolitionist, you’ve probably had some challenging and even uncomfortable conversations with people in your church, community, or family.   Modern slavery isn’t an easy topic to discuss, especially with people of differing theological and political perspectives. Especially if you represent Set Free, we ask that you are sensitive, respectful and open as you speak with others about […]
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A guest post written by Ginger Coakley, CEO of Eden’s Glory. “Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, […]
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Photo: Kevin Austin   We recently met up with Chance and Dee Dee Galloway, our partners in Bulgaria, to hear more about their holistic ministry. Below is an excerpt from our discussion with them about the link between church planting and intervening in human trafficking.   Dee Dee: I was recently at the Freedom Forum in Budapest, in a session […]
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Think of that word for a second – “community”. What immediately comes to mind? A group of people with a common interest? Maybe people who come together simply to enjoy each other’s presence?   Now think specifically about your community. Maybe it’s your church. Your co-workers. An athletic team. A group of friends. What does that group look like? Is it comprised […]
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A Cambodian child sold to a Japanese couple in Phnom Penh to be a domestic helper. A Thai woman recalling her childhood of being exploited by man after man, all facilitated by her father. A group of immigrants being forced to pay off their debt to their broker by working in a restaurant in San Francisco for no pay. In our […]
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It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by slavery and human trafficking these days.   In the U.S. alone, there are about 25 different types of slavery, exploiting hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children. The refugee crisis in Syria is creating an unforgiving pipeline of human trafficking victims. The child cybersex industry is becoming normalized and lucrative in the Philippines. In […]
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Jackie had been homeless for quite some time when she met the obliging man who offered her a place to stay. Although it seemed too good to be true, her desperation won and she agreed to move into his apartment.   But soon after she moved in, Jackie grew suspicious of the man’s motives. Quickly, she discovered that his benevolence was […]
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