India (Mission Network News) — This coming Sunday, July 30, is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
The International Labor Organization estimates at least 21 million people are in forced labor and sexual exploitation today. The blight is widespread, not isolated to particular countries and communities, and is something several Christian ministries are combatting as an affront to God’s creation.
Food for the Hungry is one such ministry taking action against human trafficking. But they’re doing it both by rescuing victims and by getting in front of the problem. Food for the Hungry has partnered with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) to minister to the Banjara people in central India.
Gary Edmonds, President and CEO of Food for the Hungry, explains, “They realize that they’re poor, they’re often desperate, and so buyers and sellers of young girls will come along and the fathers will take and literally sell their daughters…and put them into a trafficked, sexual exploitation context where these young daughters then literally become prostitutes.”