In this month of January, the state of Ohio will conduct numerous prayer events to raise awareness on human trafficking. It is a very pressing issue which is prominent not only in developing countries, but also in the United States—and women and children are often the victims.
Consider the facts on human trafficking below:
- There are 20-30 million victims of trafficking today.
- About 80% are sexually exploited and 19% are involved in labor exploitation.
- The average age of young women being trafficked is around 12-14 years old.
- 13 million of exploited children are slaved throughout the world.
In Central Ohio, a group called We Are Cherished aims to have regular prayer rallies throughout the month, with events from 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday. I think this is a good initiative to raise awareness because as mentioned, exploitation also happens within the U.S. What’s more is that the victims truly need our prayers. What better way to do that than conduct prayer events?
I’m thinking of organizing something similar for our parish. I think We Are Cherished is doing great with its efforts and I want to grab some ideas from them. Oh, in case you don’t know, We Are Cherished is an organization based in Texas with chapters nationwide.
Started by Polly Wright as a way to expose the human trafficking “industry,” members aim to stop human trafficking in its tracks and to empower victims and their families throughout the country, letting them know that they are loved and valued. It had its first outreach program on November 2010.
You can get involved through numerous ways such as reaching out, mentoring, joining and facilitating support groups, and engaging in prayer. But you don’t necessarily have to join We Are Cherished to go against human trafficking. You can make a difference yourself in your own little ways, mostly by raising awareness on this crucial matter.