Human Trafficking

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  • Granola bars sensitize students to NYC's vulnerable

    by Grace Thornton, posted Thursday, August 16, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    NEW YORK (BP) -- It all started with two granola bars and a challenge, and before the day was over, a group of high school students saw the world's human trafficking problem from a whole different perspective.

    The concept was simple.

    The students, from metro Dallas, were spending the day in New York City learning how to combat human trafficking when Raleigh Sadler issued a challenge.

    "Go buy a box of granola bars, and when you approach someone who seems isolated, have two of them in your hand," said Sadler, executive director of the Let My People Go ministry. "Then offer them one of the bars and eat yours too -- share that simple meal with them." Read More

  • A tour unholy in name, unpleasant by design

    by Scott Barkley/The Christian Index, posted Wednesday, June 06, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    ATLANTA (BP) -- It's Thursday evening, and a group boards a bus at the Georgia Baptist Convention building for several strip clubs, a few hotels and an apartment complex where human trafficking has been reported.

    The "Unholy Tour," jointly sponsored by Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols and the Georgia Baptist public affairs office, stretched nearly three hours instead of the scheduled two. Still, it didn't feel like enough time for various speakers tell their stories from the front of the unmarked bus. Read More

  • Feds shut down Backpage.com over sex ads

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, April 09, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Opponents of human trafficking have applauded the federal government's shutdown of Backpage.com, reportedly the leading online facilitator of the sex trade.

    An April 6 message at Backpage.com announced the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other government entities had seized the website and its affiliates "as part of an enforcement action." The FBI and the Justice Department have made no further announcements about the investigation. Read More

  • Child marriage on chopping block in some U.S. states

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An 11-year-old rape victim in Florida, a 14-year-old ninth-grader in Texas, a sexually abused 16-year-old in Kentucky. They are among thousands of girls forced to marry adult men in the past 50 years under laws permitting such unions in most U.S. states.

    "This is not about me. I survived," 55-year-old Sherry Johnson told CBS news when Florida passed a bill March 9 limiting marriage to those 17 and older. Raped at age 9 and a biological mother at age 10, she was 11 when her own birth mother forced her to marry a man in his 20s, simply by getting a judge's approval. Read More

  • ERLC, others endorse bills to combat sites aiding sex trade

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has strongly endorsed congressional efforts to hold accountable Backpage.com and other online sites that profit from sex trafficking.

    ERLC President Russell Moore and officials with other organizations wrote Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Sept. 7 in support of their legislative proposals, which Moore and the others said would enable law enforcement "to effectively combat online sex trafficking hubs that provide a safe haven for modern day slave traders." A Senate committee held a hearing on Portman's bill today (Sept. 19). Read More

  • Fight against trafficking gains broad House support

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, July 17, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A deeply divided U.S. House of Representatives has found at least one issue it can agree on across the board -- combating human trafficking.

    The House has approved more than a dozen anti-trafficking bills in recent weeks, with only three votes total against the proposals. Leading a trio of three measures passed July 12 was the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Act, comprehensive legislation authorizing more than $500 million for four years to combat sex and labor trafficking. Read More

  • Teen walks 300 miles, spotlights human trafficking

    by Lisa Misner Sergent, posted Friday, June 30, 2017 (one year ago)

    ARTHUR, Illinois (BP) -- Fourteen-year-old Lindsey Yoder walked 15 miles a day along the dusty back roads of southern Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee in a quest to raise awareness about human trafficking.

    She departed from Arthur (Ill.) Southern Baptist Church, where she and her family are members, on May 28 and arrived at Nashville's Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park on June 24. Read More

  • Human trafficking foe enlists churches for the cause

    by S. Craig Sanders, posted Tuesday, May 09, 2017 (one year ago)

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    Let My People Go, an anti-trafficking network founded by Raleigh Sadler, seeks to enlist local churches to help free and restore victims of modern-day slavery. Read More

  • Mo. attorney general targets human trafficking

    by Brian Koonce/Missouri Pathway, posted Wednesday, April 05, 2017 (one year ago)

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    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Missouri's attorney general has drawn support from Southern Baptists for issuing regulations enforcing consumer protection laws to target human traffickers.

    In April 3 comments made at an undisclosed human trafficking rescue site in the St. Louis area, Joshua Hawley likened human trafficking to modern day slavery, noting that each year, thousands of young women and girls are forced into commercial sexual exploitation -- forced to provide sex for money. Read More

  • Child trafficking: Ways to discuss topic with kids

    by Chalermkwan (Amm) Chutima , posted Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (one year ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- A common Bible story that is shared with children is the account of a boy who had a coat of many colors. Kids learn that this boy, 17-year-old Joseph, was sold by his older brothers as a slave to tend the house of an Egyptian nobleman. Joseph's story is often used to teach children about God's sovereignty in all circumstances. But sometimes an important word within that narrative is overlooked: slave. Read More