Millions of people are oppressed and abused annually through human exploitation, which occurs in a variety of forms in our culture today. Due to recent high-profile cases and community action, the issue is coming more into the light as communities begin to demand change and action.
CSBC Women’s Ministries & Missions provides a Christian response to human exploitation through awareness training and resources related to a condition of the human spirit – the misuse of our relationships with other people – human exploitation.
Our definition of human exploitation is the unethical, selfish use of human beings for the satisfaction of personal desires and/or profitable advantage.
Six workshops and resources we offer:
- Exploitation of Natural Resources for Personal Gain
- Bullying, Cyberbullying, Queen Bee Bullying
- Media’s Exploitation of Families and Children
- Human Trafficking – Labor
- Human Trafficking – Sex
Through Human Exploitation Awareness training CSBC helps the church understand culture issues that contribute to human trafficking.Resources are offered to help educate the church about what human trafficking is and the many factors leading to the point where people are trafficked. This is an introductory workshop, which can be followed up with an additional set of workshops taking a more in-depth look at the Christian response to human exploitation
These issues affect every community, and therefore every church; our communities need our help addressing them.
The form of human exploitation called human trafficking is estimated to be a multi-billion-dollar industry. Thousands of individuals in the United States are exploited in the commercial sex trade or as forced laborers, many of them minors.
- the homeless,
- immigrant refugees,
- runaways and
- youth and children alone in parks, shopping malls and walking home alone from school.
Traffickers look for the vulnerable and reel them in. Many organizations and law enforcement agencies report that trafficking is rampant, everywhere, and no community is immune. It is all around us.
The accepted definition of human trafficking is:
- The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act where such an act is induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age, or
- The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery.
Human trafficking is a market-driven criminal industry based on the principal of supply and demand. Many factors make women and children vulnerable to trafficking, and are presented in the Human Exploitation Awareness Workshop. Human trafficking does not exist only because some women and children are more vulnerable – it is fueled by a demand for cheap labor, services and commercial sex.
To ultimately solve the problem of human trafficking, it is essential to address the cultural issues that make this an acceptable situation in some places.
It is a heart issue. Though law enforcement and government entities can enact and try to enforce laws, the church, Christ-followers – not the building full of people on Sunday – must become involved in reaching out with the message of the gospel to those who are the traffickers, to bring change in their lives and to those who have been victimized or are at risk.
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery! Labor trafficking has been found in diverse settings including domestic work (house cleaning and nannies), large farms, factories and small business such as nail salons. Sex-trafficking can be found in a wide range of venues such as escort services, fake massage businesses, “gentlemen’s” clubs and street prostitution.
Consider hosting a Human Exploitation Awareness and Prayer event in your church or association. Become part of the solution and bring hope to the vulnerable in your community.
The National Human Trafficking hotline is 877-373-7888; or text INFO or HELP to 233733.