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Four ways you can help end slavery

Dr. Jim Denison is a cultural apologist who helps people respond biblically and redemptively to the vital issues of our day. He is also the co-founder and Chief Vision Officer of the Denison Forum, a Dallas-based nonprofit that comments on current issues through a biblical lens.

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End It Movement - Shine a Light on Slavery Day - Amanda, child from Cambodia, one of the millions of adults and children sold into slavery each year - This photograph is being used for illustrative purposes only. Names and faces have been changed in order to protect the identity of the former slaves. (Credit: End It Movement)

Two children are sold into slavery every minute, 1.2 million every year. There are around 27 million slaves in the world today, more than at any time in history; 79 percent are sold into sexual exploitation. Half of all slaves are children.  The average price per slave: $90.

Most people think slavery in the United States ended with the Civil War. Sadly, that’s not true—200,000 slaves are working in our country today, and 17,000 more will be trafficked in next year. Those who profit in human trafficking generate annual profits of around $32 billion, more than Google’s annual revenue. In addition to sexual exploitation, slaves are traded for domestic servitude, forced marriage, armed conflicts, and organ removal. Human trafficking is the fastest growing international criminal industry in the world.

Meet Amanda. Sold into slavery in Cambodia when she was eight years old, she was raped and abused on the streets daily. After six years, she was rescued but given insufficient help and ended up back on the streets. At age 17 she was rescued again and placed in a home where she experienced love and respect for the first time. Today she is a college graduate who works as a professional caregiver. When asked about her life today, she smiles and says, “I am happy with my life now. It is the love of God that makes me happy.”

What can you do to help more Amandas?

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Today, Amanda’s life is filled with a light that she couldn’t have imagined on the dark streets of Cambodia. Before we become Christians, we are slaves to sin with a debt we cannot possibly repay. Like the organization that took Amanda to a new home, our Father rescues us from the depths of our sin, cleans us up, calls us “new” and invites us to live in the freedom of his forgiveness.

Scripture announces, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1). Let’s obey God’s word for those who are enslaved physically around the world. And let’s claim our freedom and forgiveness in Jesus. Guilt is not of God. What chains will you bring to grace today?