these inner groanings

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” … For we do not know what to pray for as we ought,

but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

{ romans 8:26 }

Slavery is not a thing of the past.

As Americans, we are pretty blessed. We live in a country where women are, overall, treated with respect and honor.

Most countries aren’t like that ….

In a nation that cares so much for women’s rights, we don’t take into consideration other women around the world who are not as blessed as we are. And children, as well.

Facts about modern slavery: {via god’s daughter blog}

  • There is an estimated 27 million humans being trafficked today.
  • Globally, the average cost of a slave is $90.
  • The average age of entry into the commercial sex industry in the U.S. is 12-14 years old.
  • 80-90% of sexually exploited people have a history of being sexually abused as a child.
  • Pimps recruit children at malls, bus stops, parties, around schools, through other youth, and online.
  • Between 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. per year.
  • Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind legal drugs and arms trafficking).
  • Every thirty seconds another person is forced into bondage.

“Slavery was abolished 150 years ago, and yet there are more people in slavery today than at any other time in our history.” {unknown}

This is something that’s been on my heart lately. These girls and children need help. Did you know our government is fighting against drugs permeating our country, but not human trafficking? It is easier to get away with buying a human being for as low as $5 (cost of child slave in Ivory Coast), than it is to purchase drugs. This is absolute horror.

Did you know that most of the chocolate we consume are from the Ivory Coast, where there is forced child labor?

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil, is that good men do nothing” – Edmund Burke 

And, as America, we’re not doing anything about it. You don’t see it on the news very often. You don’t see it in magazines. You don’t see a very big fight against it. There are girls, just like you and me, sitting in bus stops, walking through town, and some of them have been exploited for slavery use.

Let’s END IT.

Companies that use child labor:

Victoria Secret

Forever 21

Aeropostale

Toys ‘R’ Us

Urban Outfitters

Hershey’s

Marlboro

Primark

Puma

Samsung

Nestle

Monsanto

Nike

Hanes

Walmart

J.C.Penney

… and others

 

Check out:

The First Night of Freedom

End It

 

 

7 thoughts on “these inner groanings

  1. Wow…I knew this was/is a problem, but those statistics were so sad. When you talked about the companies that use child labor-how exactly does that work? Are they children who are employed? I thought there were laws against child labor…thank you for posting, Rachel 🙂

    • There are laws against child labor here in America, but these companies get their supplies from other countries, where, more often than not, there is forced child labor/slavery. A lot of these American companies know this is happening, but they continue to give business to those places anyways. They do this so that their products cost less and they get more money. And they don’t care about the fact that the chocolate and cotton are coming from slavery around the world.

      However, there is also slavery here in the U.S., young girls who are kidnapped forced to be prostitutes, etc.
      Yes, it’s very sad, and horrific.

      • Oh ok, that makes sense. *shake head* That is awful.
        Very horrific, and yet it seems so many don’t know or even care! Americans can be so apathetic when it comes to things that do not DIRECTLY effect them personally.

  2. As Christians we should be active in showing our love to the world through things like: standing against human trafficking and helping those in bondage.

    Here is a song from an album called “Stop The Traffic” by King Culture put on by Rapzilla.com.

    you can support them by buying the album on iTunes or ordering online!

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