“If you see something, say something!”
It is estimated that between 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked to the U.S. annually, primarily women and children.
Shayne Moore is a wife, mother, and suburban Midwestern homemaker, but she’s also a woman making an impact. She has become an abolitionist and a part of her mission is to mobilize others to fight modern-day sex slavery at home and around the globe. The title of her book says it all: .
Are most people unaware of human-trafficking in the United States?
“Domestic human trafficking or what’s happening here in our own borders in the United States is really allusive. A part of that is because it’s happens in vulnerable communities and with vulnerable people. The term human-trafficking itself can even be confusing. The U.N. uses it because it refers to moving a person across a line, so from one country to another, or from one state to another.”
Where is it happening?
“Where we see it in the United States, there is obviously sex trafficking, but you will also see it in the United States wherever there are transient populations.”
Shayne explains how the Christian abolitionist practices over a century ago can teach us valuable lessons today.
“It wasn’t this huge movement, it was small groups; primarily it was small groups of Christian women in England and in the United States who consistently got together. The primary thing that these groups of women would do, and it’s not me just saying this, historians widely say these small groups of Christian women were the cement of the Abolitionist Movement. What they did is they got together and they prayed.”
We are reminded to never underestimate the power of our prayers and our sphere of influence. Shayne adds the importance of learning from those around us who are already building momentum in the fight against modern-day slavery.
“From all parts of the fight of modern-day slavery, when people say, ‘What do you do?’ everybody says, ‘Pray,’ whether it’s Representative Christopher Smith on Capitol Hill, to the people in the front lines with International Justice Mission in Cambodia. So these women they prayed, they formed sewing circles, so I always encourage people with, ‘What is your modern day sewing circle?’