This January marks the third annual National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The United Methodist Church offers support in the fight against human trafficking in the Book of Resolutions, the Social Principles, the General Board of Church & Society, and the United Methodist Women.
Human trafficking exists everywhere – not just across the world but right here in our neighborhoods. Several local and national organizations are working to rescue these women from slavery and helping them to build successful lives in freedom.
The Media Center has several resources that you can use to raise awareness of this important issue in your congregation and community. Please contact the Media Center to make a request.
DVD688 Trade of Innocents
This feature film portrays the business of and fight against child trafficking in Southeast Asia through a fictional story of an American couple and the locals they meet. The story reveals the many unseen factors that make discovery, rescue, and prosecution so difficult. Stars Mira Sorvino and Dermot Mulroney. Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material involving sex trafficking of children and some violence. 91 minutes.
DVD586 Not for Sale
Based on the book Not for Sale by David Batstone, this DVD covers what modern-day abolitionists are doing to fight the rampant terrors of human trafficking in the US and abroad. The 83-minute documentary teaches about the issue, and a second 32-minute documentary encourages viewers to join the fight.
DVD403 Lives for Sale
“Lives for Sale” goes beyond the rhetoric to show why immigrants are willing to risk everything – even slavery – for the American Dream. This investigative documentary exposes the painful, rarely seen human side of illegal immigration; especially the growing black market trade in human beings. The DVD is one hour long and contains lots of extras including a study guide, script, fact sheets, brochures, video clips, and more. You can view a preview at http://www.livesforsale.com.
BK888 God in a Brothel: An Undercover Journey into Sex Trafficking and Rescue
This is the true story of an undercover investigator’s experiences infiltrating the multi-billion-dollar global sex industry. It is the personal story of Daniel Walker, one man who followed a path of costly discipleship, agonizing failure and unlikely redemption. And it is a challenge to God’s people to join in the battle that all might be freed. A discussion guide is available at: http://www.ivpress.com/title/disc/3806.pdf. Read our review of this book.
The Born2Fly project offers a children’s educational curriculum and children’s wordless eBook to help prevent human trafficking before it starts. The curriculum is designed to teach children self-respect and how to avoid becoming victims of human trafficking. Included with the standard Born2Fly curriculum is the Soaring Higher curriculum, a supplement to be used in Christian classrooms. It emphasizes biblical principles in the eBook. Each session includes scripture and prayer. Children will learn how to be safe, follow their dreams, love unconditionally, be patient, and work hard. The Soaring Higher supplement teaches children to choose friendship with Jesus who will love and protect them and help them to be safe and successful as they follow their dreams. The materials include training information for adults and teenagers who would like to teach the curriculum to children. For more information, visit https://born2fly.org.