Let My People Go
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go back to Pharaoh and announce to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so they can worship me.”
Exodus 8:1 NLT
Slavery and trafficking in humans is not something that stopped when Pharaoh finally let the people of Israel leave Egypt, nor did it come to a screeching halt in 1862 with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in America by Abraham Lincoln.
In fact, more people are enslaved in 2022 than ever before. It is estimated that 40.3 million people worldwide are being held and forced by others to work without pay or freedom. What’s even worse is that many of these people are forced against their will to work in the sex industry — women, men and children.
The photo at the top of this post is from a Freedom Walk in Lone Tree, Colorado yesterday (October 15, 2022). The goal of these walks — which were held worldwide yesterday — is to educate the public on just how widespread human trafficking is. I’ve mentioned the group behind the Freedom Walks (A21) before in a Heaven On Wheels devotional.
The group is having success on all fronts — public outreach to inform on how bad a problem human trafficking is, educating the vulnerable in how to avoid being enslaved, helping those currently in human bondage to freedom, and working with officials to prosecute those who traffic in human flesh.
Your support can help. Familiarize yourself with the ongoing problems with slavery with a visit to the A21 website, and consider giving your time, talent, or treasure to the organization and others like it.