If we thought slavery was abolished a long time ago with all our famous freedom-fighters, and it doesn’t exist anymore, we couldn’t be more wrong. Modern day slavery takes a different form and every year, thousands of people – men, women and children – all fall into the ugly act of human-trafficking AKA modern-day slavery. Human trafficking is the world’s second largest criminal industry and the fastest growing. Not a fact to be proud of… Across the world, 27 million people are hired as modern day slaves1, over 80% of who are women and girls2. And 70% of these women are engaged in the commercial sex industry3.
Yet all of them are human beings – just like you and me, no different. These are our brothers and sisters, forced against their will, abused and deprived of their dignity. These are people who have as much potential as the rest of us and need hope. They need our support and our prayers.
The Christian music industry has also voiced out our concerns for the growing human-trafficking market. For instance, Twenty seven million is an awareness song by English artists Matt Redman and LZ7. This song was released in February 2012 and is in support of the A21 campaign against modern day slavery. In an interview with Premier Radio, Redman said, “It’s a huge issue in our world that’s rising to the surface. Governments, police and the media are all talking about it, and the church is doing a lot of stuff – this is a song to recognize that and hopefully drive some more awareness. Let’s propel this somewhere good together, make some noise about this issue that is on the heart of God and the heart of the Church.”
Another example is The Washington Projects with their recent video ‘Justus’. The Washington Projects joined with the International Justice Mission (IJM) and have come up with an amazing video with spectacular graphics and deals with awareness of the human-trafficking epidemic.
The Washington Projects have been known for their stand against modern-day slavery through their voices, talents and messages. Speaking to Rapzilla, Jekob Washington of the Washington Projects, says, “The majority of people are unaware that these problems still exist today in the capacity that they do. Most that are aware of it, have no clue of how to go about becoming an effective part of the solution.”
The video helps the audience to view life through the eyes of the 27 million modern-day slaves. It encourages to take up the cause for these brothers and sisters and fight to eradicate this terrible disease that continues to plague the world.
Christ gave His life for us on the Cross and set us free from the bondage of sin. Yet there are 27 million people around the world, still in need of freedom. Christ gave us freedom, we need to pass it on. These artists have taken up the cause to spread awareness through their voice and videos, and lend you the opportunity to stand up for this cause too. Will you take it?
1 – According to the U.S. Department of State’s 2007 Trafficking in Persons Report
2 – U.S. Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Report: 2007
3 – U.S. Department of Justice, Assessment of U.S. Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons: 2004.