Last Friday night; my wife and I visited a Churches of Christ, church in Kingsway, Sydney Australia along with many others from our church; making the 90 minute drive into Sydney to attend a Call to Response movie night.
The topic was modern slavery and the current movement to help stamp it out. I was overwhelmed by the sheer figures and stories regarding the modern slave trade. The three top illegal sources of profiteering in the world are Guns, Drugs and Slavery.
Girls from as young as 6 are sold into the sex trade as slaves. Boys from the same age are also sold as slaves to work in mills, brick pits, farms, machinery, textile, and other manufacturing factories as well as being forced to join various military groups. And we are not just talking about a few; we are talking about millions of people throughout the world.
What was disturbing is that in Australia there are about 2000 cases a year that are uncovered in regards to the sex slave industry. The real figures are not known; it is believed however that they are only the tip of the ice burg of what is really happening. Gordon Cheng also has written an excellent post on the subject though linking to another site.
I was also disturbed at the knowledge that a lot of what I eat, drink, wear, and use is either a result of slave labour or contains components made by slave labour.
I urge you; don’t hide your head in the sand. Get informed. Go to this link http://www.callandresponse.com/ and read through the information and get involved.