January 2012: National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

While I am delighted that President Obama has declared January 2012 to be “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month,” my first question is: What does that mean?

What practical things are we doing to make this month special?

I know that our Constitution promises the right to have freedom and that many people still aren’t experiencing this freedom even in our own country.  President Obama wants to expose this horror so that we can join in the battle by educating ourselves and then acting on what we have learned.  I commend that.

Today, if you are able, considering taking the time to read through World Vision’s document, “Ten Things You Need to Know About Human Trafficking.”  It’s a great document, with recommendations listed for the ten points.   The most interesting one to me was about adoption – we don’t consider to think that an adopted child might actually have been stolen or sold by the mother.  Included in the World Vision document is a story from a mother who had her daughter taken from her and sold to another couple.  If you plan on adopting – and if you are, I’m sure you are educating yourself about the process – make sure there is certification and clear consent from the parents.

I hope that you’ll be able to find other helpful information in the article.  Let’s take advantage of Obama’s proclamation for January 2012 and begin this new year by educating ourselves about those who don’t have the same freedoms that you and I have today.

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