Labor Trafficking

Written by: Felicia George from Set Free Monterey Bay, a partner organization.  I’m a mom of four and a human trafficking awareness and safety educator. My kiddos span the spectrum of tween to young adult. Raising kids now is not what I remember from childhood. We’re living in a rapidly changing society that seems to have technology at its center. […]
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On average, adults spend close to 8 hours a day on the internet [1]. Teens, ages 13-18, spend an average of 9 hours on media each day [2]. That’s research from a 2015 survey, imagine how much those averages have gone up in the last eight years!  If we are spending excessive amounts of time on social media, how do […]
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Is there a link between pornography and human trafficking?  Pornography is like a big bag filled with many different kinds of poisonous snakes.  According to Fight the New Drug, in 2015, 4.3 billion hours of pornography was watched on a single website (Pornhub). 88% of this pornography depicts violence accompanying sex acts. And watching pornography has been shown to increase […]
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Mental health isn’t talked about enough. It isn’t prioritized enough. Most don’t even fully understand what mental health is. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Mental health is our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy […]
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Myth: Environmental disasters aren’t linked to human trafficking. Truth: Environmental disasters, like drought, floods, fires, and climate change create vulnerable situations which may lead to trafficking. Imagine: Your family is experiencing a natural disaster and are unable to return home because it is no longer safe to do so. As you are leaving your home you take only what you […]
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Human trafficking affects 40.3 million of the 7.6 billion people in this world [1]. Human trafficking happens all over the United States every day, year-round, in small towns, suburban areas, large cities, and rural communities. The truth is not all human trafficking involves sexual exploitation, it may include the use of a person for free or forced labor. So let’s […]
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Last month in Yakima, Washington, a woman was arrested for trafficking her 15-year-old daughter for sex in order to purchase drugs.* This occurs too frequently. How could a mother end up this way? What’s in the mind and hearts of men who buy sex from 15-year-olds? The mother and daughter were working together – what?!  This all too frequent situation conveys […]
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What is Wunders?  One of the most vulnerable times in a young woman’s life is when she begins to menstruate. Menstruation around the globe comes with shame, uncertainty, and anxiety. It also is accompanied by lots of questions and concerns – “will I have monthly supplies?” or “Will I be able to attend school this month?” Wunders seeks and understands […]
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The word “justice” can be a divisive word today. Put “social” or “racial” in front of the word and some people start fuming. However, the word “justice” is actually a biblical word. The Hebrew word, “tzedakah”, is translated as “righteousness,” “fairness,” or “justice.” It’s a word closely tied to philanthropy.  In the Hebrew language, the closest word to philanthropy is […]
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We are becoming more aware of the global misery of human trafficking. But awareness is only the beginning. In my Facebook news feed, I see more “likes” for tragic stories about human trafficking but little engagement on strategic action to counter it. But both are needed. Knowing without acting is like faith without works—it’s incomplete. 2 Chronicles 20 provides a […]
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