The Bible tells us in Genesis 1:27, “… God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Because we believe that every human life displays the image of God, everyone has intrinsic worth and is loved deeply by God. It is because of this sincerely held belief that we continually seek justice for the millions of people around the world who suffer from the evils of slavery and sex trafficking.
It is estimated that nearly 27 million men and women around the world are caught in some form of slavery, and many people are being exploited right in our own backyards. Our goal is to end it.
On May 10th our campus club at UC Riverside is hosting an event designed to shine a light on the realities of modern day slavery, educate students on the dangers of trafficking and prevention methods, and provide an opportunity for people to get connected with local anti-human trafficking organizations that are working to free people and rehabilitate them.
The event will feature speakers and survivors from local organizations such as Million Kids and Rebirth Homes, who will inform and equip students to be a part of the efforts to end modern day slavery. Join us as we fight to end this horrendous reality in our culture one person at a time by God’s grace.
E V E N T D E T A I L S :
Where: UC Riverside (exact location to be announced)
Cost: Event is free, but a parking fee is required for those without a valid UCR parking pass.
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PRAY: pray that this event successfully shines a light on slavery, informs the student body about the dangers involved, and mobilizes people to fight to end human trafficking. With the ultimate goal that people would recognize that all humans are made in the image of a God who loved them enough to die for them—giving His life in their place—to offer them eternal redemption.
PROMOTE: Use all the platforms you have to bring attention to the event and the issues at hand: Here’s some suggestions:
Ask your professors to allow you to make a class announcement about the event. (Feel free to read the event description HERE)
Invite friends, classmates, and even family to attend the event. This event is open to all who would like to attend.
Let us know you’re coming by going to our Facebook Event Page. You can also use this event page to invite everyone on your friends list.
Use your social media platforms to post about the event. –
PARTICIPATE: Join in the fight:
If you are available throughout the day, join us at 10am outside near the UCR Bell Tower where we will have a booth dedicated to promoting the event and informing students about the issue of slavery.
Lastly, let’s fill up the venue at 1 p.m. and show our support to the local organizations who are working tirelessly to fight human trafficking and provide a safe place for victims to get rehabilitated and freedom from this injustice.
Don’t let those who have been silenced by the evil of slavery remain without a voice. Join us as we raise awareness and fight to end it!
H U M A N T R A F F I C K I N G F A C T S S H E E T
- Riverside and San Bernardino Counties – known as hotbeds for human trafficking
- Thousands of People are trafficked through the Inland Empire everyday
- In 2014, San Diego County reported that more money was being made buying and selling people than drugs
- Gangs are increasing human trafficking as the industry is more profitable
- A person can be sold over and over vs. drugs which are sold 1 time
- Most trafficking in Riverside and the Inland Empire is done online however there are “tracks” that are still active. A track is where people are sold on the street.
- Every State in the U.S. has human trafficking –there are no exceptions
- Sex trafficking is San Diego’s 2nd largest underground economy after drug trafficking.The underground sex economy represents an estimated $810 million in annual revenue
- Our methodology has produced San Diego County’s first credible estimate of sex trafficking victims/survivors per year: 8,830 – 11,773 of whom 1,766 came into contact with law enforcement.
- At least 110 gangs are involved in commercial exploitation of people (CSEP). 85% of pimps/sex trafficking facilitators interviewed were gang involved
- Pimps/sex trafficking facilitators are not primarily African American. Our sample of traffickers in prison contained roughly an equal number of white, black and Hispanic facilitators
- 15 years old is the average age of entry into child commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC)
- Sex trafficking facilitators control 4.5 victim/survivors on average
- 42% of first-time prostitution arrests are in fact cases involving sex trafficking
- Domestic trafficking accounts for the majority of CSEP
- Transborder criminal networks are involved in trafficking minors and adults between Mexico and the United States. 20% of trafficking victims referred to service providers come from Mexico and 10 other countries
- Female recruiters and pimp/sex trafficking facilitators are perceived to be a significant and growing feature of the underground sex economy
- Significant CSEC recruitment is happening on high school and middle school campuses