I’m working on a project for a ministry that helps the victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Hagar International began as a women’s shelter in Phnom Penh and has expanded into a global organization that has rescued hundreds of thousands of abused women and children.
I didn’t realize that there are more slaves in the world today than ever before. The number of people who are forced to work for little or no pay, held against their will through fraud or violence, or who are trafficked for sexual purposes is staggering:
- 27 million people are in modern-day slavery worldwide.
- 80% are women and girls.
- 70% of female victims are trafficked into the sex industry; 30% of female victims are exploited as forced labor.
- 50% of victims are children.
- 1 million children are exploited by the global sex trade every year.
- 161 countries are affected by human trafficking.
- $32 billion in profits are generated annually by the human trafficking industry.
Working tirelessly to stem this tide of human suffering is a new Abolitionist Movement led by social entrepreneurs like Pierre and Simonetta Tami, founders of Hagar International. They are the tangible expression of God’s concern for justice for all.
As Marcus Borg points out, “God’s passion is justice. God’s character and God’s passion go together, for the simple reason that justice is the social form of compassion.”
Learn more about what Hagar is doing and how you can get involved at Hagar International.