“The Freedom Project exists to end human trafficking and slavery. We’re building and equipping a community in the free world to help rescue and restore those enslaved around the world.” This is the vision of The Freedom Project.
Whilst many people associate human trafficking with migration, the definition in the Palermo Protocol covers anyone who has been obtained through force, coercion or fraud and has been subjected to forced labour, forced commercial sex or involuntary servitude qualifies as a trafficking victim, whether they have been transported or moved anywhere or not.
Men women and children are trafficking into three main areas of slavery:
Poverty is a major part of the reason people are getting Trafficked. People who are trapped in poverty are willing to obtain a better life for themselves and their families. These people are so called “prayed on” when they are searching for a job or training or any opportunities for a better life.
There are so many way of being Trafficked, but here are some of main ways that people initially become trafficked, are as follows:
- Many women and children are kidnapped into slavery
- some children are sold to traders by their parents,
- some children are willingly sent with a trader by their parents, who have been promised that their children will receive a good education, an apprenticeship or a good job and good prospects or even just adequate food. Traders can often be well known locals or relatives, so the parents trust them.
- some women are married, only to find that their marriage is a sham, and that their new husband has sold them into the sex industry,
- some respond to job advertisements offering good pay for manual labour, only to find that they are imprisoned on arrival, subjected to vastly different employment contracts to what they had been led to believe, with no escape, and may be made to work for many years labouring for no pay at all;
- Many women apply to sham foreign job agencies or to study overseas, and go abroad willingly thinking they will receive education or have employment as a waitress or a nanny etc, only to find when they reach their destination that the reality is very different, and that they are imprisoned, raped and forced into the prostitution industry.
Every country in the world is included in this crime in some way shape or form. Some countries are the origin (source) and some are the transit or destination country, some areas of origin are Africa, Asia, Eastern bloc and Soviet Union countries. The UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) data shows trafficking of human beings from 127 countries, to be exploited in 137 countries.
There is almost no escape from being help captive by people who do Human Trafficking, you are prisoners, it is impossible for someone who is being trafficked to be freed on there own. They are often held in isolated places so no one really notices, if they children, men or women are disobedient or try and do a escape attempt, they are severely beaten and tortured.
The Freedom Project are doing their very best to help people who are trafficked. They help people in the Philippines and also in Burma. The Freedom Project are in need of a team to help them in these countries to help stop this horrible crime.
Here are was to get active:
10 different ways to get active!
- Become a member of The Freedom Project. Go to the DONATE page and get on board!
- Start a conversation with someone about the issue. Bring it into the open and make it a topic of discussion amongst your family and friends.
- Write to your local politician. Making our local and national politicians aware of the problem in our own city and across the globe brings slavery into the open. And puts pressure on them to act. Speak to your local member about what they are doing about this issue in our very own suburbs.
- Post a comment on Facebook. Keep the dialogue going with quotes from books, facts you’ve discovered, thoughts you have about slavery and trafficking. Stir up interest and get it on people’s agendas. Be an advocate for The Freedom Project online!
- Organise your own fundraiser. Get creative…Gather your friends and family and have some fun – raise awareness and money at the same time! Ideas for fundraisers include, cake stalls, jelly bean guessing competition, car wash, movie/dvd nights, walk-a-thon, fun run, trivia night, raffles, mufti days, karaoke party, hold a dinner party, a lunch, a picnic, sell some artwork, jewellery making, gingerbread house event, sausage sizzle….
- Buy Fair Trade Products and take seriously consumer awareness and buying. Go to the SLAVERY page and read about what fair trade is all about.
- Educate yourself. Get yourself equipped and savvy about the issues of slavery and trafficking. See our resource list.
- Start a book group at school, uni or amongst your friends. Read one of the books from the resource list and meet together to discuss it. Watch a movie/dvd together. Journey together as you learn and grow in your understanding of slavery and trafficking.
- Volunteer. Contact us to see what opportunities there are to volunteer. We need passionate, creative, people to carry The Freedom Project forward.
- Pray: Pray on your own, or with friends. Start a prayer group at school, or church or amongst your friends. Put the issue in the prayer bulletin at your church.
When your at church or at home don’t forget you can also pray for these as well.
- Pray for the victims of trafficking and slavery – for safety, release and rescue from captors, peace, strength, courage, salvation, forgiveness, healing and healthy rehabilitation and job training.
- Pray for the victims families – for income generation, peace, courage, support, salvation, safety. Pray for the traffickers and slave owners – for conviction of their sin, plans to be confused and thwarted, for criminal convictions that lead to justice, the closure of brothels, repentance and salvation.
- Pray for the organisations who are working all over the world to fight this evil – for wisdom, courage, protection resources and safety, success with trials and convictions of traffickers and slave owners. Pray for governments and government bodies with power to change laws.