Friday, May 6, 2011

I'm running in the Free Them 5K Run/Walk to Fight Human Trafficking

Free Them 5k Fun Run
Human trafficking is an enormous problem around the world- including here in the United States.  It's modern-day slavery and it's just wrong. Here's some information from WorldConcern about this problem:

More Than 3,000 Children Will Be Trafficked Today

Child at risk of traffickingThe reality is sobering. Impoverished parents who struggle to feed their children, or who are compelled to instead feed an addiction, sell their kids to traffickers--sometimes for as little as $50! Often it comes after believing lies about job opportunities in other countries.
Other children find themselves meeting the wrong person, or being orphaned, with no good way to provide for themselves. When it's too late, they find themselves having to repay a debt to the person who bought them. Sometimes it's thousands of dollars, and it takes years to accomplish.
It doesn't have to be this way.
Once you know the facts about human trafficking, you have to act.
Learn more and do something about it.
Here's more about how World Concern prevents trafficking.
From the blogs: A first-hand look at how we protect children in Cambodia.
I'm going to lace up my shoes on May 7th and go run 5K, thinking every step about families and children who are facing situations that are awful beyond my comprehension. If you'd like to help fight this problem, I'd love prayer support, and if you'd like to donate, you can find more information here.

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post- just passing information on about a charity/fundraising effort that I am involved with.