“The cold, hard reality is that a child that lacks a provider and protector is the ideal target for traffickers. The vulnerability and need of an orphan makes them the perfect victim, from forced prostitution to slave labor,” Jedd Medefind, President, Christian Alliance for Orphans.
Orphan Care cannot be separated from the fight against human trafficking. The US State Department states that between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked each year. Approximately 50 percent of those are children. Orphans and those that “age out” of systems like foster care are prime targets. These children can so often disappear into this horrible world without anyone noticing.
The issue isn’t just across the world. There are cases of human trafficking reported in all 50 states. According to International Crisis Aid (ICA) statistics, as many as 300,000 American Children are being used in sex-trafficking rings. ICA has recently opened up a Safe Home in the St. Louis area to help girls and women rehabilitate back into our world after being trafficked.
Many different groups are trying to help with this problem. If you want to get involved there are so many different things you can do. Children need love before and during these crisisies. Here you can find some tips to help spot these victims. So many different groups need help financially, groups like International Crisis Aid and the International Justice Mission (I always want to say league like they’re super heroes!)
You may have noticed from our Facebooks that Justin and I have been working on Jenny & Tyler’s launch team to support their new album coming out November 12th. It’s called, For Freedom, A covers EP and all the proceeds will be used to help fight human trafficking. It’s great music, by a great duo. All of the songs on this album are covers, and I love how they used songs from so many different groups to share their message. If you want a sample first, they have their last two albums available for free on Noisetrade and even my favorite song from the EP is available! The Song is I Still Haven’t Found What I’m looking For originally by U2 in case you needed to know. It’s amazing, and I can listen to it on repeat for way longer than I care to share. You should check it out and consider buying the EP.