Happy New Year, everyone!
In case you hadn't heard (and I hadn't heard until looking at the article below), President Obama declared this month "National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month." A presidential proclamation runs:
Human trafficking endangers the lives of millions of people around the world, and it is a crime that knows no borders. Trafficking networks operate both domestically and transnationally, and although abuses disproportionally affect women and girls, the victims of this ongoing global tragedy are men, women, and children of all ages.
Around the world, we are monitoring the progress of governments in combating trafficking while supporting programs aimed at its eradication. From forced labor and debt bondage to forced commercial sexual exploitation and involuntary domestic servitude, human trafficking leaves no country untouched.
With this knowledge, we rededicate ourselves to forging robust international partnerships that strengthen global anti-trafficking efforts, and to confronting traffickers here at home.
In tandem with this federal move, CNN's Freedom Project has been highlighting news related to modern slavery and human trafficking. I was surprised to find this piece on CNN's homepage focused on the recent 2012 Passion Conference in Atlanta.
If you want to stay on top of the news from the Freedom Project, you can follow it here. This is certainly an issue on which most of us Americans need more education (myself included) and that Christians simply cannot ignore.