Human trafficking can affect as many as 40.3 million people globally. The problem is that most often those who are trafficked are hidden in plain sight. Victims are often hidden behind our assumptions. In other words, human trafficking is the exploitation of vulnerabilities for commercial gain. Exploiters are looking for those who are marginalized and stigmatized. They are looking for the people who won't be noticed by society at large.
For this reason, human trafficking can happen anywhere because there are vulnerable people everywhere. But what would happen if the local church began to take notice of those who are most at risk of exploitation in their communities. Having served in Christian ministry since 2001, Raleigh Sadler believes that the local church is God's answer to those most vulnerable. Currently, he is the founder and executive director of Let My People Go. His passion is to see the local church fight global injustices, like human trafficking, by loving those whom traffickers most often target.
In an age of partisan conflict, few causes spark agreement on both sides of the aisle, or unite people of faith and secularism, like the human trafficking crisis. But if you ask someone how they feel about those who are prostituted, homeless, and undocumented in their communities, their responses may be different — even hostile. That’s because our presuppostions often blind us to the reality that many of these people could be trapped in forms of exploitation, whether it be for sex, labor, or domestic servitude.
But what happens when we stop inferring a narrative upon these people and instead decide to listen to their story? Each link on this page tells a story; a story of how God is using his church, which is made of of vulnerable people, to love those who are vulnerable.