Homelessness and Human Trafficking Task Force
Join Trinity in our human trafficking task force
to bring healing into the lives of individuals
affected by human trafficking
Human trafficking is defined by the United Nations as the “illegal trade in human beings for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor.” “Modern-day slave trade” – human trafficking – is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, enslaving more than 30 million individuals today. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, after drug dealing, trafficking of humans is tied with arms dealing as the second-largest criminal industry in the world – a $32 billion-dollar-a-year business. Human trafficking is a horrific crime against the basic dignity and rights of God’s people.
The Presbyterian Church (USA), during the 218th General Assembly in 2008, directed the General Assembly Council and the Office of General Assembly to expand their ministry with and advocacy against human trafficking to include adults, especially women, by supporting the Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministries/Presbyterian Women ministry area to work with the ministries of Compassion, Peace, and Justice in providing resources to the wider church for education and advocacy.
Part of the recommendations was to:
- Provide grants to provide safe housing, medical and psychological help for trafficked persons;
- Support efforts to obtain appropriate documentation; and/or
- Assist trafficked persons, especially women, in safely returning to their country of origin.
This modern day form of slavery predominantly affects women (80%) and children (50%). Sex trafficking happens every day in our own Minnesota communities. The justice department reported that the Twin Cities is one of 13 communities with a high number of sexually-exploited children.
Trinity Presbyterian Church has formed a working (anti)-human trafficking task force to bring awareness to this mounting issue. It’s mission statement:
TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH BRINGS HEALING INTO THE LIVES
OF INDIVIDUALS AFFECTED BY HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Vision Statement: The community of Trinity, using God given gifts and our ability to move these gifts forward through “gifting” and connections with other congregations, will take action in the following direction:
- Develop and provide an education format that is suitable for the entire community we serve
- Provide and develop a healthy path out of human trafficking for all individuals involved
- Establish advocacy processes to address legislative changes by close contact with our elected state and federal senators and representatives as well as local law enforcement
- Establish a long range education plan aimed at elimination and prevention of human trafficking
Values Statement Trinity Presbyterian Church envisions a world in which all children are safe and secure; all adults are able to live in a community that does not judge and all people are treated as beloved children of God. To meet this end, we foresee that each person will:
- Be treated with dignity and develop a feeling of worth
- Feel empathy from the supporting community as they move out of the clutches of human trafficking
- Feel included in the surrounding community no matter what their life history has been
- Develop a determination for their future as each person establishes their life’s purpose
- Feel cherished and loved by their support community
- Recognize that they will be treated justly and with fairness as they establish a life for themselves
MEN WANTED AND NEEDED!
The Trinity Human Trafficking Task Force is working to educate our congregation and join forces with other churches and organizations in working to eliminate the horrible situation of sex trafficking. It doesn’t just exist in the big cities, it exists right here in Woodbury and in our own neighborhoods.
We have been told by more than one male expert that unless we get our men involved, we will not accomplish much, no matter how hard we try. This has been stressed by Minneapolis police officer, Sgt. Grant Snyder, more than once during presentations at different churches and by Cory Martin, a member of the Minnesota Human Trafficking Coalition. We tend to think of men involved in prostitution as just a certain type of men, but that is not true. It includes professionals such as doctors, lawyers, teachers, accountants, business men and even clergy.
Please consider working with our task force. That doesn’t mean you will have to attend meetings. It does mean supporting us and maybe being asked to perform a specific task on occasion.
The 18th Century Irish Statesman, Edmund Burke, stated, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. Please, give this serious thought and if you agree to help us, contact us. THANK YOU!
PRAYER TO END HUMAN TRAFFICKING
God of life, truth and freedom, we ask that you hear us as we pray for Liberation for those oppressed:
- child laborers, child soldiers and children exploited in pornography,
- young girls and women exploited on the streets
- all men, women and children enslaved, betrayed and abandoned
We pray that justice may reign in our day:
- That perpetrators and organizers of human trafficking turn away from their unjust ways,
- That the millions of people trafficked will experience freedom,
- That government leaders, corporate directors and all that serve the public will address the systems that make human trafficking possible.
We pray as a people of hope :
- We believe in hope that working together as a community we can stop the demand for human trafficking.
- We are strengthened by what we have learned and commit to act on behalf of justice
- We are chosen, we are called and we are committed to stop the demand and end human trafficking.
God, give us the wisdom and courage to stand in solidarity, so that together we will find ways to the freedom that is your gift to all of us. Amen. (Adapted) ____________________________________________________________________________________
Minnesota leads national push vs. sex trafficking
Klobuchar, Paulsen take state’s sex-trafficking fight to Washington. Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune, June 11, 2014 Much like the early 1990s, when Minnesota took a leadership role in efforts to pass the Violence Against Women Act, the state’s work to combat sex trafficking is serving as a national model. Thanks to the bipartisan work of Democrat Amy Klobuchar in the U.S. Senate and Republican Erik Paulsen in the U.S. House, there may soon be federal legislation in place to provide incentives for states to pass “Safe Harbor” laws similar to those in Minnesota and a few other states. Such laws are critical in the battle to curb sex trafficking, because they ensure that minors sold for sex are treated as victims and directed to child protection rather than being prosecuted as criminals. Read more: http://m.startribune.com/opinion/?id=262794451&c=y