We are living in volatile times — constantly fighting over our beliefs and aligning ourselves on sides. But some issues are just too big for taking sides. Some problems require us to work shoulder to shoulder with those whom we don’t always align.
40 million and counting
At Love Justice, we are motivated by our faith to fight what we believe is one of the greatest injustices in the world today: human trafficking. But you don’t have to believe in a supreme being to be distressed by the horrors of human trafficking. Globally, it is estimated that there are 40.3 million slaves* — the largest amount in history.
The enormity of that number is simply staggering. Even though we live in a world where many are diligently pursuing human rights and civil liberties, every day hundreds more men, women, and children will be added to this number and subjected to unspeakable exploitation and abuse. They are kidnapped or deceived by false promises of marriage or employment opportunities that offer a way out of desperate situations. Without their consent and under false pretenses, they are smuggled into other countries and forced to work as laborers or prostitutes. It is inconceivable that this is reality, but in a culture obsessed with greed and power, the weak and the voiceless are often abused and mistreated.
That astonishing number of slaves did not happen overnight. It happened one person at a time. One by one, every hour and every minute of every day. And it is there that Love Justice steps in. Our system of transit monitoring dares to believe that together we can prevent the next victim from being trafficked and that the knowledge gained can (and does) lead to convictions and arrests of those who seek to make people into victims.
All of us at Love Justice, both the staff and those who partner with us through financial support and/or prayer, share one very crucial conviction in common. We are all passionate about stopping the atrocity of human trafficking and preventing as many people as possible from ever suffering the unimaginable exploitation and abuse of the trafficking industry.
Recently, after watching a video on the realities of sex trafficking in Bangladesh, one of our donors took the time to reach out to us saying,
“I hope my donation can be used to systematically dismantle that horrible place. As a side note, although I’m not a Christian and would prefer to donate to a secular charity, I felt that Love Justice’s work was too important to let that issue stand in my way and the work that needs to be done.”
Though our belief in God and Jesus Christ are significant motivating factors in our work, most of our beneficiaries are not Christians, and none of the benefits our staff risk their lives to provide are conditional in any way on anyone sharing or accepting our beliefs. We are simply driven by a deep-rooted conviction to help those most susceptible to being horribly exploited and victimized by this devastating and depraved industry.
We invite you to join us in our fight to end modern-day slavery. It costs us around $100 to intercept one life from human trafficking and to intervene in the crucial moment between freedom or captivity. The impact on the dollar in giving to our work makes living this life of love a reality — and it only requires the sacrifice of a new pair of shoes or a meal out on a Friday night.
Together, we can impact innocent lives across the globe with freedom, hope, and love. To learn more about our work and anti-trafficking strategy, please visit here.
*Global Slavery Index