Happy New Year! Can you believe that a new year has rolled out already? In fact, we have spent almost five days because today is the fifth of January and the fifth day in the year 2014. I hope you had a good year last year. I also hope that you will enjoy a better year this year.
I started my public presentation for the year today at Calvary Church in Roseville, Minnesota. There were two groups in two sessions during the Adult Sunday School. The second group tripled the first, it increased from seven to twenty-one. I presented with Stephanie Page, founder of Stories Cafe, a non-profit organization connecting non-profits and helping victims of human trafficking around the world.
Page educated the groups about the statistics and data available on human trafficking while I used my story to enlighten the crowd about one of the various forms that human trafficking can occur. While Page was presenting, she talked about “slave labor poison” when her husband had to get candy from the local store, when she didn’t have enough time to order chocolate from fair trade, in order to avoid buying products made by labor victims of human trafficking. She held her stomach with her right hand, squeezed her face, and bent, as she said”I told my husband, that is slave labor poison.”
She encouraged the participants to think about how the demand for cheap products has contributed
to labor trafficking in other countries, where US companies go to manufacture products for less. Think about it… do you know if the clothes you wear were produced by labor trafficked victims? What about the food, and many other products?
It is very important for us all to start thinking, educating, and fighting human trafficking of all forms among our community locally, nationally, and internationally.
You can join the group any Sunday this month at 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m., as Page continues her series of teaching on human trafficking for human trafficking awareness month.
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Bye for now, until next time.