Slavery. Human trafficking. Kidnapped victims who are often smuggled or forced to migrate across borders. Slaves in today’s world are faced with daily fear and a lack of legal protection, leaving them without a voice when it’s needed most. Human trafficking cases have been reported within every single state in the United States, and sadly, this proves that this is not an issue that’s “far away”. Often it is an issue that’s in our own backyard.
Slavery can come in different forms. Individuals can be forced into prostitution, domestic servitude, or working in another sector. Victims may travel abroad because they think they are going to get a good job, but once they cross a border, their own legal documents are stolen, leaving the individual as an undocumented victim in a foreign country.
Even more heartbreaking, parents can sometimes place their own children into slavery.
If you think you see someone who doesn’t live or work in healthy conditions, are fearful of providing information about their employer, or who appears to be unable to freely leave a house/work environment, take the time to reach out and help.
Take notice of the red flags and contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline by dialing 1 (888) 373-7888. You can call in to report a potential human trafficking situation on the hotline.
Make a difference and stay informed on the pressing issue of modern slavery!
It’s time for the Big Game! Americans, including myself, will be all too-happy to indulge in two of the USA’s favorite traditions – food and football. Check out this video from Odyssey Networks that gives us surprising facts to the Super Bowl.
The Polar Vortex is no joke – North America has recently experienced extremely low temperatures that’s made most of the country nearly shutdown. The negative temperatures outside have left many stranded in airports, unable to go to school and work, or just frustrated by the relentless cold. Sadly, the frigid weather has already caused several deaths.
Americans and Canadians are just waiting it out as best they can.
I’ve spent these past few days in Pennsylvania where the temperatures has gone to -9 F. And that’s not even counting the wind chill factor. I keep thinking of the animals who are stuck outdoors when owners don’t take them inside. Even worse, my heart goes out to the homeless who, for some reason or another, are not in shelters across the country.
Here’s a prayer I wrote for those struggling these past few days with the cold.
As you provide us with daily needs,
such as shelter, a warm bed, and plenty of food,
may we be reminded of the others outside in the cold,
who need love, warmth, compassion and help.
We pray for the homeless who are too old or sick to get to a shelter,
or for those who have no place to go.
May You wrap them in your warmth and love,
and keep them safe these next few days.
In Jesus’ name we pray,