In essence, it’s modern day slavery. It affects mostly women and children who are exploited through forced prostitution or forced labour. It’s a global phenomenon of evil that is on the rise.
In some cases, young children are stolen off the streets. Sometimes they are sold by their parents. Sometimes young foreign women are tricked into believing that they will become models in another country, only to find themselves trapped in a terrifying life of sex slavery. It is reported by the United Nations to be the fastest growing form of transnational organized crime.
What you may not be aware of is that this is happening in Canada.
Canada is both a destination and migration country for human trafficking. By definition, human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of a person for the purpose of exploitation.
Think of that. For a moment, consider the gravity of that evil. A human being forces a woman or a child into slavery and treats their trauma as a business.
How do we as Christians respond to that?
I have been asked to write a book about human trafficking in Canada. I am currently conducting research, which is a difficult task in any book, yet has taken on new and deeper meaning for me in this book. The purpose is to raise awareness about this crime and how Canadians can stop it. Which Canadian youth and children are at risk? What can we do to prevent it? Is awareness enough?
We are in the process of confirming a publisher for this project. I would appreciate your prayers in this process. Many of you can understand what this entails. Thank you in advance. I count it a privilege to be a part of this undertaking .
May God bless and protect our brave men and women in Canada who are working to stop human trafficking.