Human trafficking

"Human trafficking," "trafficking in persons" and "modern slavery" are terms all used to describe the forced exploitation and captivity of others. Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry that targets the most vulnerable people in our world – refugees, women and children. Currently, there are more people in slavery today than at any other time in history. For periods of a few days up to many years, people are trapped in situations of exploitation and trafficking and are not free to leave.

The risk of human trafficking is very real for many people in the countries and communities where SIM works. SIM is committed to responding to the injustice of trafficking and exploitation and sees this as a natural expression of our discipleship in action. Our mission states that “we cross barriers to proclaim the crucified and risen Christ”; human trafficking is one of the most significant barriers we have to cross for people to be able to hear God’s good news. As we reach out in Jesus name in very practical matters of safety, we lay a path to share the gospel. Protecting the vulnerable and those most at risk of exploitation, creates a safe environment where the gospel can be heard and Christ can be known.

 

(Reference to ILO, 2017)

For Freedom

For Freedom is the anti-trafficking and exploitation ministry of SIM International, responsible for coordinating SIM's global anti-trafficking response, and providing training, support and strategic guidance to SIM workers, local churches and partner ministries around the world.

For Freedom is focused on the prevention of human trafficking and the protection of those most at risk in the 70+ countries SIM works in.

For Freedom believes that at its core, human trafficking is about the exploitation of vulnerability. By addressing core causes of vulnerability, people and communities are kept safe from exploitation and the risk of trafficking.

Isolated, unconnected individuals are at greatest risk of being trafficked. The local community and the local church has a key role in preventing human trafficking by building relationships and caring for the vulnerable in their communities in a multitude of God-inspired ways.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
  to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Luke 4:18-19, NIV

What we do

Equip SIM teams, workers and ministry partners to effectively reach those at risk of exploitation in their unique contexts of ministry.

Empower the church to engage in disciple making with people at risk of trafficking and exploitation in their communities, and to respond with compassion to those who have experienced the trauma of exploitation.

Address trafficking within key ministry areas supporting vulnerable people, including migrant and refugee ministries, women and children ministries, and integrated health ministries.

Actively partner with other organisations responding to trafficking to multiply our efforts.

Come and Serve

Come and serve with us. Would you consider serving God by using your skills and love for Jesus to reach out to those at risk of trafficking and exploitation in one of the many countries where SIM works? Contact us at Intl.ForFreedom@sim.org to begin the conversation.

Prayers

1

Pray for the millions of people enslaved and exploited around the world today, that the Lord will reveal himself as mighty to them in the middle of their deep suffering.

2

Pray for courage, wisdom and insight for those leading For Freedom, that God would multiply their efforts in supporting SIM teams and workers in their response to trafficking and exploitation.

3

Pray for discernment for SIM teams in all the countries we work in as they build protective strategies into their ministries to keep at risk communities safe from exploitation.

4

Pray for spiritual and physical protection over those involved in facing the injustices of trafficking and exploitation.

5

Give thanks for the restoration ministries across SIM that bring hope and healing to survivors. Pray for continued energy and courage for workers as they journey alongside and love people who have experienced significant trauma and suffering.


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