It’s 2014, and human trafficking and slavery is still thriving in all corners of the world. This problem, which is so mortifying and unjust, can unitedly be described as pure evil. “Human trafficking enslaves more that 30 million men, women, and children every year.” (Not For Sale)

Then, there are the brave who stand up for the innocent and weak, as they are lead by strong conviction for the value that every human life carries. Philosophically, it doesn’t make any sense as to how something so horrific could happen to any one person, and while one could wrestle with that reality, we can also witness the men and women who pour their souls into action to save the souls of others and offer them  freedom. In light of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, we have highlighted 5 organizations that are fighting for the lives of others. Please send your support, prayers, and love to them as they courageously strive to end human trafficking.

1. End Human Trafficking Now
Stop Child Trafficking Now, also known as Empower, is a global movement to end human trafficking.  They have joined efforts with people across America and around the world to build a stronger community, provide world class coaching, and fuel each other’s efforts to end trafficking through crowd funding.
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2. LOVE 146
Love146 works toward the abolition of child trafficking and exploitation through prevention and aftercare. Love146 trains aftercare workers, multiplies safe-homes, aids socioeconomic development programs in high risk communities and provides a voice for these victims of modern-day slavery.
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3. Not for sale
Not For Sale is a non-profit organization empowering modern-day slaves and those at risk around the world to lives of freedom. Through projects in 4 countries and more than 600 supply chain grades available for consumers and brands alike, Not For Sale is creating a world where no one is for sale.
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Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. GEMS was founded in 1998 by Rachel Lloyd, a young woman who had been commercially sexually exploited as a teenager. GEMS has helped hundreds of young women and girls, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and to develop to their full potential. GEMS provides young women with empathetic, consistent support and viable opportunities for positive change.
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5. International Justice Mission (IJM)
IJM is a human rights organization that protects the poor from violence like slavery, sexual exploitation and other kinds of oppression in Africa, Latin America, South Asia and Southeast Asia. Their mission is to protect the poor from violence by rescuing victims, bringing the criminals to justice, restoring survivors to safety and strength, and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts. Their vision is to rescue thousands, protect millions and prove that justice for the poor is possible.
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Dear reader, we humbly ask that you join in and continue this conversation to raise awareness of human trafficking.

Photo credit: Not For Sale

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