Did you know? There are more than 40 million victims of human trafficking globally. It is estimated that 80% of human trafficking victims are women and children. The average age of victims is 13 years-old and their life expectancy once trafficked is 7 years. This trafficking is taking place right here in the Birmingham community.
These are some of the facts attendees of Meadow Brook Baptist Church’s awareness seminar, Hidden in Plain Sight, learned in late January. In addition to hearing a general overview of the human trafficking problem, attendees experienced presentations on education, prevention, rescue and recovery. Presenters involved represented the Freedom Business Alliance, Uncaged, The WellHouse, Trafficking Hope, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, and the State of Alabama.
Meadow Brook Baptist Senior Pastor, Chris Jones, reflects, “The Lord used the various ministries and speakers represented to remind us of the rescuing heart of God that overcomes the depth of human sin. God is stirring the hearts of His people to respond to the injustice of human trafficking with the gospel of Jesus Christ. May we be found faithful!” Click to access Session 1 and Session 2 of the seminar.
Participants received a list of available resources to help keep them informed about the most current issues related to human trafficking which includes: Rescue and Recovery: the-wellhouse.org, freetheslaves.net; Education and Awareness: traffickinghope.com, sharedhope.org; Employment Opportunities: notforsalecampaign.org, freedombusinessalliance.com; National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888, polarisproject.org.
Are you interested in getting involved? Meadow Brook Baptist invites you to join them on March 13, 2021 for their Service Day at the Wellhouse, a ministry located just outside Birmingham serving victims of human trafficking. Email [email protected] if you are interested in more information regarding this service opportunity. Other opportunities include staying informed, engaging others, praying and giving. †