Chapter 8: Go Join the Movement

Chapter 8: Go Join the Movement

“Look at the nations and watch- be utterly amazed.  For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” — Habakkuk 1:5

If you have taken action steps in the previous chapters, you are now part of one of the largest and longest movements in world history, the abolition movement. In this way, God declares justice over humanity.

When you join a movement, what does this look like? Steve Sellers from Cru paints a picture for us:

“A familiar illustration uses an apple falling to the ground. Inside that apple are many seeds. As that apple breaks open, those seeds receive nutrients and water, and they begin to grow and sprout into another tree, producing more apples. Anyone can count the seeds in one apple, but no one can count how many apples there are yet to grow from one apple seed. That is a picture of a movement taking place organically. Think of that apple as a believer willing to go wherever God leads. He bursts forth with seeds of the gospel message.”

Take the Next Step

Give a GoBox to 2 others

Pay it forward. Continue the GoBox movement by buying one or more GoBoxes and give them to a friend, family member, or someone that you want to pass this movement onto.

Take it Further

Join our GoBox Facebook community

This group of GoBox users connects to ask questions, give feedback, and support one another. This community will provide constant support throughout your abolitionist journey.

Find us on Facebook at The GoBox Movement

  • Sign up for the Freedom Friday Alliance newsletter to receive updates about anti-trafficking events around Houston. By staying connected with us, you stay plugged in with a whole community of anti-trafficking organizations in the Houston area.
  • Join the movement by participating in demonstrations, walks, and marches. Some examples of this include the A21 March for Freedom and Human Trafficking Advocacy Day organized by Children at Risk in Austin, Texas.
  • If you are not part of a church community, please review a list of the Alliance member churches. Any of them would love to have you join them.
  • Share your knowledge with others by running your own GoBox group.  You don’t need to be an expert to teach others – having a basic knowledge and a bit of passion can go a long way.

Invite church members, friends, or family members to spark interest in joining your GoBox group!

Contact the Alliance at info@freedomchurchalliance.org for a Leader’s Guide and other GoBox support resources.


Chapter 7: Go Take Action Now

Chapter 7: Go Take Action Now

“…The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a  ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:28  

Throughout this chapter, you will find more information about our partner organizations. You can visit their individual links where you can learn more about their missions, visions and needs.

Find Your Place to Serve

Find the right opportunity to serve based on your availability, passions and location using our Volunteer Placement Tool.

See Where You Fit

Take the Next Step

Fill a GoBag for a survivor

  1. Lift the flap beneath the materials in your GoBox to find your GoBag.
  2. Review list of items needed for your GoBag here.
  3. Take a short shopping trip and fill the bag with as many items as you can. Once the GoBag is full, take it to one of our drop-off locations around Houston. The bag will be passed to a survivor of human trafficking via law enforcement or by one of our partner organizations.
GoBag Fullfillment and Drop-Off Locations

Take it Further

  1. Choose an organization that resonates with you and spend some time researching their work.
  2. If you have an employment opportunity for a survivor, fill out any relevant information in The Alliance Employment Database. Submit an opportunity.
  3. Donate to the Alliance to help fund our work in the city.


Chapter 6: Go Buy Wisely

Chapter 6: Go Buy Wisely

“Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,’ and ‘The worker deserves his wages.” I Timothy 5:18

Challenge the way you think and really evaluate the impact your lifestyle practices can have. Through the smallest actions and decisions you make, you hold the power to initiate change. Buying wisely is potentially the biggest opportunity for us to fight slavery and exploitation on a daily basis. This chapter does not cover every aspect of labor trafficking, but rather serves as a starting point to raise our levels of awareness and enable us to be more conscious consumers.

Take the Next Step

Purchase your next gift from a Fair Trade or ethical source

Have any belated birthday presents you haven’t purchased yet? Have an upcoming anniversary? Or do you want to buy a present for a longtime friend you haven’t seen in awhile? Take a moment to purchase a present for someone special and share the story of why buying fair trade and ethically sourced products is important in the fight against human trafficking. If this is your first time purposefully purchasing a fair trade product, you will see how easy it is!

There is a countless number of ethical companies you can purchase products from, so here are just a few we have highlighted for you:

Thistle Farms

Thistle Farms is a powerful global community of women healing from prostitution, trafficking and addiction. Located in Nashville, Thistle Farms operates a natural bath and body product line, the Thistle Stop Cafe, the Studios Workshop and Thistle Farms Global Marketplace. Thistle Farms is a supportive workplace where women acquire the skills they need to earn a living wage.

Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages is more than a store. It’s a place where you can explore and connect with your global village. From communities throughout the developing world, every inspired design is crafted with love using materials (usually natural or recycled) and time-honored skills by makers they have known and worked with for years. Every purchase improves the lives of makers by supporting their craft and providing a fair, stable income.

Noonday Collection

Noonday Collection is a socially responsible business that uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world. They design and sell an inspired collection of jewelry and accessories made by artisans across the globe.

Punjammies

Punjammies are lounge pants made with hope by women in India who have escaped human trafficking. Whenever you purchase from them, you invest in the freedom and dignity of these women and girls who are working to forge a new life for themselves and their children.

Fair Moments

Fair Moments is an online resource that provides products with the Fair Trade Certified™ label.  Your everyday purchases can improve an entire community’s everyday lives. Fair Moments social, environmental and economic standards promote safe, healthy working conditions and protect the environment. When farmers and workers are empowered, their additional income helps to build strong, thriving communities.

Fair Trade Friday

Fair Trade Friday, a ministry of Mercy House, is a monthly membership club that delivers high quality fair traded items to your door. The trendy items in the box are fairly traded and provide employment to women all over the world.

We have highlighted just a few companies here with specific products, but so many other items can be purchased from ethical sources or Fair Trade companies. For grocery shopping in Houston, Whole Foods has a policy committed to ethical trade, good working conditions, and environmental protection (in addition to offering Fair Trade products). Trader Joe’s and Central Market also stock a wide range of Fair Trade products. So when purchasing body care products, fruits and vegetables, tea, electronics, and more, be educated on company labor practices.

Take it Further

  • Add the “Food Empowerment” App to your device. You can search different companies to find out how their products are sourced.
  • Next time you shop at your favorite store, ask them about their supply chain and if their products are ethically sourced.  Ask if the manager can give you a call back and let you know.  The mere act of asking raises awareness about the issues and sends a powerful message to companies that this issue matters.
  • Write a letter to a retailer you shop with, pressing them to source their products ethically and take a stand against labor trafficking.
  • Made in a Free World (creators of the Slavery Footprint) has developed a software called FRDM® https://madeinafreeworld.com/, a tool that helps businesses look for and protect themselves against forced labor. The root of where labor trafficking can begin is when businesses find their supplier. Write to retailers you use and urge them to download this software to keep themselves accountable in ethical labor practices. Visit their website for a template letter to send to retailers.
  • Think of one product you could commit to buying Fair Trade in your weekly grocery shopping. Yes, they may cost a little more, but now you can understand why, and you can feel good about where those extra few dollars are going. Wholesome Sweeteners is a local company based in Sugar Land that sells organic and Fair Trade sweeteners. Their products are sold in grocery stores such as HEB, Randalls, and Trader Joe’s.
  • If you are a potential or existing Fair Trade company please visit The World Fair Trade Organization.  As a global membership organisation of fair traders, they facilitate membership applications, ensure members follow the 10 Principles of Fair Trade through the Guarantee System, and improve the Fair Trade Standard. The World Fair Trade Organization provide spaces for producers, exporters, importers, retailers, and consumers to connect and work together, exchange best practices, forge synergies and speak out for Fair Trade – all working towards a sustainable and fair global economy.
  • Watch The True Cost  documentary, which focuses on the fashion world and the impacts of it on people and environment in developing countries.
  • Share clips and articles such as The Dark Side of Chocolate on social media to raise awareness about labor trafficking.

When buying your next coffee, opt for coffee shops like A 2nd Cup  or others that serve Fair Trade and ethically sourced coffee. A 2nd Cup additionally uses fair trade sugar (Wholesome Sweetener) and chocolate in all of their syrups and sauces used for drinks and baked goods.


Chapter 5: Go Protect Your Family

Chapter 5: Go Protect Your Family

“…Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” Nehemiah 4:14

Fight trafficking and be intentional in your home! Preparation and protection come in all forms from social media monitoring, to education, to empowerment. It is important that our sons and daughters learn to be discerning in dangerous situations and around negative influences.

Even if you do not have children of your own, we all have some influence over younger children in our lives. If you have nieces, nephews, grandchildren, friends with children, a mentee through a program, or child you babysit, you play an important part in shaping their perspective of the world and influencing their development.

Be aware, alert and wise by learning about and recognizing trafficking signs, discussing difficult topics with your family, empowering the younger generation, praying over the children in your life, and extending our protective reach to those without families.

Take the Next Step

Discuss with your kids

Tell your kids about the GoBox. Discussion with your kids is the first step you need to take, and is fundamental before you start to look at the other steps of family protection and preparation such as computer monitoring, tech plan, etc. Sit down with your family and start a conversation about sex trafficking, according to what you think is most appropriate and relevant for your kids right now. This needn’t and shouldn’t be an embarrassing and difficult “talk”, but rather an opening to future conversations where your children can feel safe and secure bringing up these topics. Sometimes it can be hard to know where to start, but you can use the GoBox as an opening to the conversation.  Tell them why you bought it and what you’ve learned. Have a look through the “take it further” section below for some suggestions on age-appropriate resources and topics to help lead the conversation further.

Take it Further

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deut. 11:18-19

Talk about the dangers of the internet and social media with your family.  Agree to create a family media and technology plan. Take time to research how to protect your children, before giving them a phone.

Be intentional about setting aside time as a family to talk about what it really means for us to find our identity in Christ.  Discuss what it looks like to apply His Word to our lives amid peer pressure and a desire to conform. Pray together as a family. Remember that the best way to fortify your family is through the truth of God’s word.

 

To protect children ages 5-8 consider the following resources:

God’s Design for Sex by Carolyn Nystrom is a series of books that are a great introduction to a Christ centered view of our bodies and sex. Book 2 for this age group is called “Before I was Born.”

Good Pictures, Bad Pictures by Kristen A. Jensen and Gail Poyner guides the reader on how to speak to young children about the dangers of porn.

Many kids are first introduced to porn from ages 7-12. Because of this, it is a good idea to start having conversations on these topics when your kids are at a young age.

Watch this short video explaining why co-author Kristen A. Jenson decided to write this book.

Visit Kristen’s blog and website to find out more.

Safely Ever After provides up-to-date information and prevention education programs to help empower families against child predators.

Also, read How Talking to My Sons About “Tricky People”—Not Just “Strangers”—Saved Their Lives

To protect children ages 9-12 consider the following resources:

At this age, kids start using the Internet more frequently for school work and social media. Install Internet accountability and filter software onto your computers at home and church in order to keep everyone (including yourself!) accountable. There is a vast number of monitoring and accountability apps for computers, tablets, and phones so pick which app best suits your needs.

Keep in mind that filtering and monitoring apps have limited capabilities. The most effective tool is open discussion with your children, so make sure to continue these conversations with them during this age range as well.

If you decide to give a cellphone to your kid(s), take precautionary steps so that they know how to appropriately use their phone. Guide your children in the proper direction.

Develop a safety plan together. Make a list of trusted peers and adults that your child can talk to in an uncomfortable situation. Additionally, come up with a code word your kids can text to you in a situation where they need you to come and pick them up right away, no questions asked.

To protect children ages 13+ consider the following resources:

  • Love146 educates on safeguarding your children and others in your community with a “Guide for Parents and Caregivers”.
  • Houston Texas Can provides support and alternative opportunities to reach out to your child.
  • Brain Buddy is a phone app rewires your brain, creating healthy new synaptic pathways to free you from porn forever.
  • Parents, please watch this video and at your discretion,share with your kids.
  • Fight The New Drug provides access to Fortify,  a web-based program (free for teens) of short video lessons and activities designed to educate and empower individuals seeking to find freedom from pornography — developed by a team of professionals including psychologists, neurologists, therapists and other mental health experts.

As kids enter their teenage years, it is important to maintain a healthy relationship with open communication between you and your children. Talks about topics such as sex education and the dangers of pornography need to evolve as they get older. Along with open dialogue between parents and their children, there are other avenues of communication that can keep your teens accountable and educated. As teens get older, some of them may withdraw and become less open to talking with their parents about these topics. Encourage your children to have discussions with youth group leaders, trustworthy mentors, and support groups.

If you feel like you have lost that relationship where you can influence or speak into your child’s life, don’t give up hope. Keep praying. Reach out to a counselor or youth leader for guidance.

An Identity Founded in Christ

For years the media has pressured females to sexualize themselves. The allure of photoshopped perfect women in music videos, magazines and movies manipulates females to believe that their worth, power and identity come from the sexuality of their bodies. This pressure surrounds and threatens to suffocate us. We need to prepare the hearts and minds of our youth to face these challenges. Encourage girls to value their God-given passions, talents and abilities.

Follow this link to see an example of harmful media aimed at girls.

Family Devotional Resources

Heart Connex provides free, printable Devotionals for busy parents and teens. Study and prepare in about five minutes. In most cases families can complete the studies in 20 minutes.

Focus On The Family provides an online resource of family devotionals for the spiritual growth of kids.

The Family Project Devotional by Ray Seldomridge

Once at the Table by Christopher D. Hudson

Extend your protective reach. Sponsor a child through Compassion International.

What About Children With No Family?

Click here to read an inspiring story from Bishop W.C. Martin. Bishop Martin and his wife knew God was leading them to adopt children from the foster care system. That spark spread through their congregation and 23 families adopted 79 children.


Chapter 4: Go Fight the Demand

Chapter 4: Go Fight the Demand

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23

So far, we have learned about the problem of human trafficking and we have discussed how to spread awareness and pray about it. Over time, anti-trafficking organizations and law enforcement have been getting better and better at capturing traffickers and rescuing and restoring victims. We need to support this good work and continue to pray over it.  But unless we get to the root of the issue, more traffickers will continue to take their place and more people will be sold into slavery. To end slavery, we have to address the issue at its core and get to its roots: the demand for sex trafficking.

To read more about the connection between pornography and trafficking, visit these links:

Fight The New Drug: The Porn Industry’s Dark Secrets

Huffington Post: Want to Stop Sex Trafficking? Look to America’s Porn Addiction

Take the Next Step

Speak the "Defender's Declaration" over your life

Print out and sign the Defender’s Declaration.  Consider which of the areas in “take it further” you will commit to fighting for: write it on the back of your card and send us an email at becomeadefender@refreshing.fun to let us know. We would love to encourage and support you.

Take it Further

For a better understanding of the sex trafficking market in Texas, we recommend reading The Sex Trafficking Marketplace: Addressing Demand Through Legislation and Tactics, a publication by Children At Risk. The book provides an in-depth look at the components of demand: suppliers, the victim supply, and the purchasers of victims. Included in an overview of federal and state anti-trafficking laws and how these laws address demand within their texts.

Arrange to have coffee or lunch with your pastor or men’s group leader and share what you have learned in this chapter.  Encourage them to preach or share on this issue and direct them to the resources.

Encourage your pastor/leadership to teach about these difficult topics by utilizing these sermon notes from other pastors who have done the same!

Overcoming sexual addictions takes perseverance and intentionality.

If you've found yourself looking for help in this area, please consider contacting one of the organizations below:

XXXchurch is an online resource for pornography addiction help where you have the freedom to remain anonymous.

Houston’s First Baptist Church provides a safe confidential environment to break free from the hurts, habits, and hang ups that hinder us from experiencing the True Joy found in Christ. Those who currently find themselves in the battle or have been there and want to support others can benefit from the experience. Also, if you have been in other 12-step programs and have had a desire to give back this could be the place to serve.

Celebrate Recovery runs support groups at a number of our FCA partner churches. It is a biblical and balanced recovery program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits. The ministry is based on the words of Jesus rather than psychological theory.

Sexual Addicts Anonymous provides fellowship for recovering addicts and offers a message of hope to anyone who suffers from sex addiction.

Love People Not Pixels provides coaching and support of individuals, couples and families that want to break free from the bondage of pornography and have their relationships restored.  Contact info@lpnp.org for confidential support.

Castimonia is a Christ-centered 12-Step Support and Recovery program for sexual impurity or sexual addiction with the goal to achieve a Biblically-based sexual purity. We share our experience, strength, and hope with each other so that we may achieve sexual purity and help others overcome sexual impurity or compulsive sexual behaviors.

Other organizations you may consider contacting are:

  • Fight The New Drug is group of passionate and innovative problem-solvers who want to make a difference in the world. Their mission is to raise awareness on the harmful effects of pornography through creative mediums.
  • Epik Project 
  • Unearthed is a group who wants to see the hearts of men changed – and they want that change to result in a systemic shift in the landscape of sexual exploitation. Join the groundswell of men and women who are committed to having their hearts transformed by the love of God.
  • Demand Abolition is committed to eradicating the illegal commercial sex industry in the US—and, by extension, the world—by combating the demand for purchased sex.
  • Be Broken Ministries serves anyone affected by porn and other sexual struggles and strongholds. Our desire is to help people experience the fullness of life as God created it.
  • Sermon Central, one of the largest sermon preparation sites in the world, provides sermon guidelines on preaching on pornography.
  • Pure Community is an online resource that connects individuals with counselors, coaches, support groups and workshops geared towards healthy sex education.
  • Pastor Drew Knowles gives a sermon on Human Trafficking at the Sojourn Heights Church in Houston, Texas.

Lastly, take a moment to read this article, speaking on the culture of our society.

To learn more about our strategies to battle the demand for human trafficking, click here!


Chapter 3: Go Spread Awareness

Chapter 3: Go Spread Awareness

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” -Proverbs 31:8-9

Be a source of light to educate someone else about human trafficking and Spread Awareness to friends, family, colleagues, government authorities, and other circles of influence. Below is a list of ideas to get you started:

Arrange a Film Screening

Host a Book Club

Connect on Social Media

Write to your senator

Take the Next Step

A 2nd Cup is a coffee shop with a cause. It raises awareness of human trafficking issues in Houston and develops resources that will give its survivors hope of a second chance. Take the next step of awareness by planning business meetings or coffee dates with friends.  A 2nd Cup! The environment is a perfect spot to have conversations with your friends and co-workers about human trafficking. Take another next step by encouraging your church and business to purchase coffee from A 2nd Cup, and spread the news that the coffee is ethically sourced and the syrups, sauces, and baked goods are made with fairtrade ingredients. Your purchase helps A 2nd Cup spread awareness and support survivors of human trafficking, and supports their work at the same time. Visit their online shop.

Take it Further

Film Screening

Even if you’ve already seen Nefarious, there are many who haven’t.  Think about organizing a screening of Nefarious with your friends, family, or small group. The group size doesn’t matter – you’re taking the first steps in the fight against trafficking by making others aware!  Films can reveal to us true tragedies of the world that don’t just end when the credits roll. These problems continue in real life, so don’t switch off your brain when the movie is over; discuss them with your group. Many times, documentaries uncover truths that we may be too scared to face, but once we’re aware, we can no longer ignore them.

The Exodus Cry film scene will provide you with more information to further discussions.

Book Clubs

Book clubs are great avenues to discuss difficult topics. By leading a book club, you will be spreading awareness about human trafficking.  Unlike a movie, reading gives you the leisure to consume information at your own pace, so create a schedule of how many chapters per week the book club will read. Many authors also include book club questions at the end of the book or on their website, which makes leading a discussion a lot easier too. We’ve got a great list of book recommendations you can find here!

Social Media

Take some time now to visit our partner organizations, who we know well and trust. Go to their websites and sign up for their newsletters. Find their different Facebook pages, read through them, and like their page. Through your support, news about these organizations will spread and result in more avenues for these organizations to execute their mission. Look through some of their latest posts and repost them, spreading news about how organizations are fighting trafficking in Houston. You can find the list of our partner organizations on the homepage!

Read this article to inform yourself what types of images and photos relating to human trafficking are okay to post on social media, and which ones are not.

Legislation

Write to your state senator to ask them to support legislation being proposed by Children at Risk or the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

It is important to spread awareness to senators and state representatives in order to get their support for bills.

More resources can be found at

In the Work Place

If you are working, a large percentage of your day is spent at work where hundreds of conversations happen every day. Established in 2005, United Against Human Trafficking is a non-profit, government funded organization dedicated to preventing, confronting and ending modern day slavery. United Against Human Trafficking offers Front-line Professional Training Programs where they conduct education and training classes for all scopes of professions. These programs are offered for first responders (EMT, paramedics, fire fighters), education professionals, health professionals, hospitality workers, law enforcement, and social service providers. Additionally, United Against Human Trafficking conducts a general Human Trafficking 101 for any type of community to provide a basic education on what human trafficking is. Invite United Against Human Trafficking to come speak at your professional workplace, whether that is in a hospital, airport, or business office.

It may occur to you to share your knowledge about human trafficking with your friends, acquaintances, school peers, or co-workers. However, don’t forget those that are right underneath your nose – your family.


Chapter 2: Go Pray

Chapter 2: Go Pray

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” – Ephesians 6:12

Take the Next Step

Listen to Set Free

In your GoBox, you will find a CD called Set Free.   Joy Hanna is a singer, songwriter, and member of Houston’s First Baptist Church. Her music speaks on topics of relationships, hope, identity, love, and God’s truth that conquers the lies we hear in the world. This album was written to raise awareness about the problem of modern day slavery and to bring hope to survivors. Take some time now to play the CD and ask God to speak to your heart.   Listen to samples of Joy Hanna’s CD or visit her website.

Take it Further

We are here to support your prayer journey, as are many other organizations. Get connected with these partner organizations who have prayer opportunities!

The Landing prays through a conference line over the monthly prayer requests every Monday from 12pm-12:30pm. To join their prayer team, text @pray4tl to 81010 or click on  Anyone can receive the monthly prayer requests and/or join the prayer line. You can also receive 1 prayer request per  week and urgent prayer requests to your phone by texting @pray4tl to 81010.

Rescue Houston sends out notifications for specific prayer requests via text. To join their prayer team, text @pray4rh to 713-766-3719 or visit their site.

Elijah Rising is a place where Human-trafficking ends through prayer, awareness, intervention and after-care.  Join their weekly prayer meetings.

Redeemed Ministries is a faith-based non-profit that provides quality trauma-informed Survivor Care.  Their mission is to give churches and their congregations the opportunity to network and find their place in the fight against human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. To join their prayer team contact them at volunteers@redeemedministries.com.

Free the Captives is a faith-based, anti-human trafficking non-profit that fights the exploitation and trafficking of Houston’s youth. Their goal is to combat teenaged sex trafficking through engaging and equipping our volunteers. To join their prayer team, text “@49c18” to 832-781-0916.

Love 146 is a place where child-trafficking and exploitation ends through prevention education and caring for survivors. Receive prayer requests now and text “love146” to 411247.

Follow the reading plan provided by Abolition International to follow 31 days of prayer over the issue of human trafficking by clicking here. 


Chapter 1: Go Learn

Chapter 1: Go Learn

“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”

Isaiah 1:17

Join us in learning about what human trafficking really is. It’s not just a global or a local issue, it is a Kingdom Issue.

Learn…
1. The three different types of trafficking
2. Where trafficking takes place
3. How to recognize signs of trafficking

Take the Next Step

Watch the movie Nefarious

In your GoBox, find the DVD Nefarious: Merchant of Souls. To further educate yourself, watch this powerful documentary depicting details of modern-day sex slavery. Using research and accounts collected from 19 different countries, the filmmakers share stories from victims, traffickers, and international humanitarian leaders.

 

If you have already seen Nefarious, or, if you are interested in other movies, here are some additional suggestions:

1. Not My Life (2011, documentary narrated by Glenn Close)
2. A Path Appears (2015, TV movie)
3. In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom (2014, documentary)

For a wider selection, please view our books and films recommendations.

Know the facts

- There are an estimated 313,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas.

- Approximately 79,000 minors and youths are victims of sex trafficking in Texas.

- Approximately 234,000 workers in Texas are victims of labor trafficking.

Source: Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault at The University of Texas.

Take it Further

Elijah Rising

Elijah Rising is a Houston-based organization aiming to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the spirit of Isaiah 1:17. They are equipping a new breed of justice warriors for prayer, creating awareness, leading interventions and providing aftercare for survivors.

Take a Van Tour

To give context to your knowledge of human trafficking, sign up today for a van tour with Elijah Rising and learn where trafficking happens in our city. During the free van tour, Elijah Rising takes activists to see the high-probability trafficking areas in Houston. Each tour features testimonies from Elijah Rising’s knowledgeable staff, relevant statistics, and the urgent need for prayer.

There are many books on the subject of human trafficking.

Here are a few we suggest:

The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today
by Kevin Bales and Rob Soodalter

The White Umbrella: Walking with Survivors of Sex Trafficking
by Mary Frances Bowley

In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do to Stop It
by Nita Belles

For a wider selection, please visit our books and films recommandations.