Another aspect of Blue Sunday is to remember and become aware that human trafficking is a growing business all over the world. This isn't happening only in China, Columbia or India, but it is right here in our own country, in fact, Chicago is the main national hub for human trafficking. Every day there is someone walking through the arrival gates of O'Hare International Airport that is being trafficked. 325,000 children are being trafficked every year in the United States of America and the prime age of sex trafficked children are the ages between 9 and 17. Human trafficking is so popular among criminal business groups because human being can be sold over and over, where as guns and drugs are parishable comodities, they can only be sold once. These things also cost money to obtain and or create, where as human beings can be kidnapped and traded like baseball cards.
According to UNICEF, 21,000 Children still die each day of preventable causes. They're mission is "to do whatever it takes to make that number zero by giving children the essentials for a safe and healthy childhood, including health care, clean water, nutrition, education, protection, emergency relief and more." By their definition, an orphan is a child who has lost one or both parents. There were over 132 million orphans in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean in 2005, and those are orphans from the listed countries, not to mention orphans from the rest of the world. It is estimated that there are 143 million to 210 million orphans worldwide. Out of the millions of children orphaned, only 250,000 children are adopted annually, and those who are no adopted and are institutionalized until they age out at 18, 10% commit suicide, 60% of girls become prostitutes and 70% of boys become hardened criminals.
The numbers are staggering and it seems there is nothing we can do that would make any difference. "I am only one person!" we cry out, "what can we do?" If we cannot bring in the millions of children all over the world into your homes, start with one or love and become a good example to children who are fatherless. Protecting children is something we can all do without breaking the bank, volunteering at your local school or becoming a foster parent can protect them from the hands of abuse. If this is too much, you can be a safe house, where children stay in your home for a week to a month at a time. This program allows parents to keep their children in a safe place while they look for jobs or get their life situated without the stress of taking care of a child on top of their laundry list of things rectify in their lives. This program also allows the parent to recieve their children back into their embrace without potentially losing their children to the State. You can also donate to children focused organizations such as Crossing Borders NK ministries, UNICEF, your local adoption agency and become the defender of the weak.
“Defend the cause of the weak and the fatherless; Maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Deliver the weak and needy from the hand of the wicked.” Ps 82:3-4