The Price of Freedom



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I want to take a moment with this post to discuss human trafficking and the campaign of Blissful Faith that was launched a few days ago. Around the world, there are families selling family members to the trafficking underworld to have stable money to get by on, exploitation of boys, girls, men, and women are on the rise, and hundreds of thousands of lives are being ended or scarred due to this sinful act of bondage.

Blissful Faith seeks to be a voice to the public and the face of who Christ is. To remain silent isn't an answer. . .nor a strategy. Freedom is never free, but for some, the price is higher and the stakes could take their lives. This is why Blissful Faith is partnering with Agape International Missions and The Exodus Road to both raise awareness and fundraising through t-shirt sales to help provide rescue, shelter, and recovery programs to victims of human trafficking.

Shocking Statistics

According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, there were 23,784 contacts with those involved in human trafficking just last year with 4,585 cases reported. And the cases active could be higher. That's just the number that's reported. Along with these alarming numbers, comes the indicators for victims and survivors.

  • 3,279 high indicators
  • 7,001 moderate indicators
  • 5,298 calls from victims and survivors

Types of trafficking cases were also reported on the National Human Trafficking Hotline, with genders. Below are the numbers.

  • Sex trafficking: 3,266 cases
  • Labor trafficking 525 cases
  • Unspecified trafficking: 494
  • Sex and Labor trafficking: 300 cases

Top venues for labor trafficking are listed below.

  • Domestic work: 91 cases
  • Traveling sales crew: 58 cases
  • Agriculture: 55 cases
  • Restaurants/food service: 41 cases
  • Retail/other small business: 26 cases

Venues for sex trafficking are listed below.

  • illicit massage/spa business: 686 cases
  • residence-based commercial sex: 313 cases
  • hotel/motel based: 272 cases
  • pornography: 204 cases
  • escort services: 169

Gender cases and nationality by numbers are listed below.

  • Females: 3,736
  • Males: 545
  • Adult: 2,684
  • Minors: 1,061
  • Foreign nationals: 622
  • U.S. Citizens: 572

The contact initiation numbers are below.

  • Calls: 199,163 cases
  • Web forms: 16,899 cases
  • Emails: 13,954

For more informative statistics, please see the National Human Trafficking Hotline for more statistics and other information.

The Price of Freedom

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The value of human life seems to be degrading in the eyes of society with the increase in human abortions and human trafficking over the last decade. However, there is still hope through Christ. Below are some stories by Agape International Missions and The Exodus Road as well as links to both of their sites.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=102&v=0Kk9-yvvuGs&feature=emb_logo

The Exodus Road Site: https://theexodusroad.com

Donation link: https://pages.theexodusroad.com/donate

https://vimeo.com/335016728

Agape International Missions website: https://agapewebsite.org

Donation link: https://agapewebsite.org/give-monthly/

The donation link is solely up to you to click.

The Campaign: Lending a Hand

Blissful Faith started as a lifestyle and branched into a blog to help others hear about Jesus Christ and learn how they can develop a blissful faith. Its purpose is to be an evangelical outreach to further the kingdom of Christ. Part of furthering the kingdom lies in comprehending and working towards the needs of others and putting faith to action. This store helps both the blog to grow and to meet the needs of others. About 8-10% of the proceeds will go to The Exodus Road and Agape International Missions to help combat human trafficking and provide rescue, shelter, and recovery programs to those in bondage.

Launched on 01/30/2020, Blissful Faith stepped into a t-shirt design. Below is the link for the Blissful Faith merchandise store. Help others to know that there is freedom waiting for them.

https://www.blissfulfaithblog/store

For more on the Christian lifestyle, please visit the articles below.

"For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another." Galatians 5:13, ESV.

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