Forced labor and sex trafficking are forms of modern-day slavery. People are treated as objects to be bought, sold, used, and abused rather than as beloved children of God. The traffickers and clients are both part of the problem. When we purchase products produced by forced labor, or turn a blind eye to what is happening around us, then we become part of the problem, too.
Human trafficking is a global issue. Anywhere between 21 million and 46 million people are trafficked worldwide in this $150 billion industry. 25% of those trafficked arechildren. It takes place in every country on every continent, including the United States. According to the Polaris Project, the most reported cases in the U.S. are in California, Texas, Florida, Ohio, New York, Georgia, and Michigan.
We live in a wounded and broken world that needs healing. As followers of Jesus we are on a mission with God. This mission is holistic. It’s about partnering with God in establishing shalom (freedom, peace, flourishing, hope, joy) in our neighborhoods, our cities, our world. This work is centered on Jesus and is empowered by the Holy Spirit. As the Body of Christ, we can cooperate in the work of healing the wounded and restoring that which is broken.
View and distribute the brochure here and RSVP for this event on September 16th at Cornerstone Community Church by calling 269.979.5478 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ildikó Kóber is the coordinator of the Set Free Movement in Hungary. She connects agencies involved in the fight against human trafficking, provides training for at- risk populations, raises awareness among faith-based groups, and runs a life skills program for prevention and rehabilitation.
Larry and Katie Winckles have served as Free Methodist missionaries in Budapest, Hungary since 2000. Larry is the Europe Area Administrator for Free Methodist World Missions and can provide an overview of the Europe-wide situation. Katie is a member of the Budapest Mission Team and has valuable insight into the brokenness of European society.