Today is National Awareness Day for Human Trafficking. Since two local news agencies ran stories on our church's efforts to fight the global slave trade, I went online to see the stories. Fox News provided links to a local task force working to stop human trafficking here in Charlotte. What?!
That's right. I was thinking (maybe you were, too!) that the problem of slavery or forced prostitution was an inter-national problem, not a national or local one. But I was wrong. Really wrong.
The fact is, the US is the second biggest destination for modern-day slaves. Most of them are women exploited for sex. Listen to this: "North Carolina has become one of the top states for human trafficking."
It turns out that the world's oldest profession doesn't pay very well, unless you're the slave-owner with the lock and key. And what can I do about it? I can start by gathering items for emergency supply bags that can be given to women who are rescued. And I can blog about it so that others will know, too. I'm not satisfied with that, but it's a start.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
a little too close to home
Dr. Carmen Imes is the Associate Professor of Old Testament at Prairie College in Three Hills, Alberta, and serves the broader church through teaching, speaking, and writing. She earned a PhD in Biblical Theology (Old Testament) from Wheaton College under Dr. Daniel Block, an MA in Biblical Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), and a BA in Bible and Theology from Multnomah University. She and her husband, Danny, served as missionaries with SIM 15 years. They have three children: Ana, Emma, and Easton.