Last Thursday night UofN graduate Morgan Perry introduced us to this serious crime and a grave violation of human rights: human trafficking. This issue has truly become a global threat to vulnerable men, women, and children worldwide. It is an injustice that affects millions of people every year . Morgan did her DTS in New Zealand and continued her University of the Nations experience in Kona, and South Africa… since then her life has been a real adventure for God´s purposes.
It was on her outreach in Thailand when she first encountered modern-day slavery while she was in the red light district. During the evenings she was building relationships with the women and occasionally, also with children. She had the opportunity to talk to these woman and hear their hearts. It was clear for her that there weren’t many other options for them, because they were supporting their families with the income. All of them would have preferred another line of work, but they were trapped. It was quite shocking for Morgan – still just 18 years old at the time.
The catalyst moment for the book and later documentary “Sex & Money: A National Search For Human Worth” was during a talk by Paul Childers. He asked a group of students to share there experiences, overseas and what they felt the Lord is trying to raise awareness about. He challenged Morgan to make the documentary when she shared the idea.
Morgan traveled to 27 countries in 4 years learning how to really walk in “somebody else’s shoes to be able to tell those story’s effectively.” The University Of The Nations offered her that experience while earning her degree in Communications.
Human trafficking is a highly-organized and lucrative business, generating 150 billion USD per year, 99 billion of which is generated by sex trafficking within the prostitution industry.
The latest global estimate according to the International Labor Organization calculates that nearly 21 million people are victims of human trafficking worldwide. Roughly 4.5 million of those victims are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
The most significant number of victims are said to come from Asia and the Pacific region, although human trafficking in Africa continues to grow when compared to its 2005 estimates. The International Labor Organization also estimates that 55 percent of all trafficking victims and 98 percent of sex trafficking victims are women and girls. That is why sex trafficking is often considered a “gender” crime.
The upcoming documentary of Morgan Perry is “LIBERATED: Hookup Culture and the New Sexual Revolution“
will address the question, “What kind of society is producing so many men willing to buy a woman or child for sex?”
We can be a part of the answer to the injustice of sex trafficking. There is no greater weapon than prayer. Injustice is something that thrives hidden in the shadows. As long as this issue is kept silent and in the shadows where the harm is not made visible, it will continue. It´s our job to create social awareness where we shine a light on this reality in order to bring about an end. We can all use whatever spheres influence that we have to tell the story.
Source: “Exodus Cry”