Human Exploitation

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Project HELPSM: Human Exploitation explores a condition of the human spirit that has been around for ages—the misuse of our relationships with others and God’s natural world. Why should the church care about these things?

Steps to Addressing Human Exploitation Issues

Pray, educate, motivate, and activate.

Step 1: Pray for awareness, understanding, and guidance.
Step 2: Educate yourself and your church. Present the issues in a variety of ways.
Step 3: Focus on one issue at a time.
Step 4: Ask for a response, then take action.
Step 5: Connect with local groups already involved in an issue.
Step 6: Be an advocate for victims and victims’ families.

Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, provision, or obtaining of a person in order that a commercial sex act can be induced, often by force, fraud, or coercion. (Source: U.S. Department of State)

Who are the victims? A victim can be a runaway or throwaway child, a coerced or kidnapped teen, an international or a US citizen trafficked within our borders. Victims are caught up in prostitution, pornography, exotic dancing, strip clubs, live sex shows, modeling studios, massage parlors, escort services, and brothels.

Labor Trafficking

In order to entrap women, men, and children into labor or services, traffickers will use force, fraud, or coercion. They recruit, harbor, transport, or purchase their victims.

Where are victims found? Look around in these places: agriculture, landscaping, factories, hotels, janitorial services, construction, day labor, restaurants, nail salons, domestic servitude, illegal drugs trade, fishing industries, tourism, and traveling carnivals.

Pornography and Sexting

Pornography is like fog. It settles in and blocks our view. Pornography is sexually explicit material designed specifically to cause arousal and today it permeates our surroundings.

Pornography (hard-core porn, soft porn, child pornography) can be found here: books, magazines, Internet, photos, film, video, video games, TV, sound recordings, drawings, advertisements, animation, mobile phones, sex-oriented businesses, and more. Exposure at any level can lead to the next level and the next. Soon addiction sets in and the consumption won’t stop.

Media’s Exploitation of Children and Families

Visual, verbal, or tactile messages are communicated through a variety of media. The most common formats include TV, videos, video games, computers, music, movies, animation, magazines, CDs, DVDs, radio, phone, etc. In this age of positive and negative image bombardment all of us must make a decision about what is good and what is not.

Bullying, Cyberbullying, Queen Bee Bullying

Bullying is the act of treating others in an abusive manner through force or coercion or with threatening language or behavior. Bullying another person dishonors and disrespects them.

Cyberbullying. This kind of bullying victimizes an individual through the Internet, interactive technologies, or a mobile phone causing willful and repeated harm.

Queen bees are simply mean-spirited girls who bully other girls. Their tactics may be physical, verbal, or emotional, and their intent is to hurt others.

Exploitation of Natural Resources for Personal Gain

God’s first commandment to His new creation (man and woman) was to take care of the earth and to care for and respect each other. He made us interdependent—human to human and human to natural resources.

Exploitation of natural resources is the misuse and abuse of the abundant creation which God has entrusted to us. It is also the disrespect of neighbors—those present, those to come, or citizens in another country. As we disregard the earth, we may be creating an unequal burden on those who are most vulnerable.

How to Pray for Human Exploitation

My Daily Prayers for Human Exploitation
Lord, raise my awareness of the people and issues around me. Teach me Your ways of responding. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:37–39 NIV, adapted).


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12.19.14

“Urgent prayer needed!” That was on the subject line of an email from the other side of the world. The baby was coming early and quickly, and they lived many miles from the nearest hospital. Something was wrong, and, as they frantically tried to drive to the city, they were afraid. A quick plea for prayer went out to anyone on their prayer team checking email at that moment, so I prayed. Then communication went silent for hours.

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