Providence Presbyterian Church has signed up to be part of the Underground Church Movement. There are an estimated 27 million people who are slaves today, most of them women and children. The United States is ranked as the number 1 destination for human trafficking. An estimated 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States yearly. These do not include those who come voluntarily but those who are forced or tricked into coming and serving as slaves. The FBI’s Richmond office reports that the human trafficking division is one of their most active divisions in Virginia.
Dr. Saltanat Liebert, an assistant professor of government and public affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, told the panel that not only is human trafficking severely underreported but Virginia is particularly susceptible to exploitation of migrant workers in prime industries. “Virginia is vulnerable to human trafficking in agriculture, tobacco and seafood processing because these industries employ significant numbers of foreign workers and there are no resources to monitor work-site conditions,” Liebert said. “As a result, unscrupulous employers can abuse their workers with impunity.”
We will start a series of Adult Sunday School classes dedicated to educated, recruit and mobilize Christians to end this evil in our state, our nation and our world. They will be on Sundays at 9:45am in the church Fellowship Hall.
March 7, 2010
Slavery: What is it and Why does it matter to us?
“Let the Children come to me”: Who are we helping?
Mark 10:13-14, Mark 9:36-37
Where is God in the midst of modern-day slavery?
What can we do?
2 Corinthians 5:17-21