January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and at a press conference the President urged “all Americans to educate themselves about all forms of modern slavery and the signs and consequences of human trafficking.” It is a great opportunity for everyone to set aside time to learn about this injustice and pray for the captives, as Scripture mandates (Isaiah 58:6).
We recommend starting with the Trafficking in Persons (“TIP”) Report, an annual overview of the issue and rating of governments’ responses published by the U.S. State Department. The introduction provides an excellent description of the reality of human trafficking, and specifically sex trafficking. As the TIP Report and recent news stories, such as this and this, demonstrate, sex trafficking occurs all around us, and in ways we might not think about.
Then, check out our overview of the issue in Exploited: Sex Trafficking, Porn Culture, and the Call to a Lifestyle of Justice, which connects the dots of trafficking and pornified culture, and the biblical directive to pray, understand, resolve, and engage.
Watch for other resources this month as we highlight what you can do to be a modern-day abolitionist and lead the life of purity and justice to which you were called.