Trafficking in persons is a crime against humanity and ultimately a sin. Human trafficking denies the values of human life, exposes victims to serious health risks, endangers the mental well-being of victims and impedes the ability of victims to reach their full God-given potential. As Christians, we believe that every human being is created in the image and likeness of the divine Creator, of God. The prophets cried out against the exploitation of the poor and of laborers who are not treated fairly and compensated justly (Job 24:1-12).
February 8 is International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking – a day to bring awareness to the world-wide crisis also known as modern day slavery. To raise awareness about human trafficking and kick off a year full of justice advocacy and faithful witness, we offer a comprehensive toolkit for prayer, study, and action across a multitude of faith traditions.
The Washington Interfaith Staff Community Working Group on Human Trafficking created this toolkit as a starting point for faith communities to educate themselves and take action. The toolkit contains basic information about trafficking, as well as specific information regarding its impact on children. Children were chosen as a focus of this year’s efforts because all faith traditions value and encourage the protection of the vulnerable, particularly children. The toolkit contains faith-based resources for several faith traditions, including prayers, scriptures, statements, fact sheets and resolutions. The toolkit also contains ideas for local faith communities to take action, as well as links to additional print and multimedia resources. It is hoped that this toolkit will help local faith communities across the country raise awareness, promote dialogue, and take moral action against the scourge of modern-day slavery.